[AstroPy] proposal for astropy version control software and respository

Wolfgang Kerzendorf wkerzendorf at googlemail.com
Sat Jul 16 21:30:51 EDT 2011

When I started developing a package with a friend we had a look around 
and tried mercurial first. We later switched to git and it seemed much 
In the process we also found this webpage: 
http://whygitisbetterthanx.com/ . Which gives an interesting (I'm sure 
in someway biased) overview. But for all its arguments it has data.

Just my two cents,

On 17/07/11 4:18 AM, Peter Erwin wrote:
> On Jul 16, 2011, at 1:32 PM, Tom Aldcroft wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 5:52 AM, Peter Erwin<erwin at mpe.mpg.de>  wrote:
>>> * Why github, and not, say Bitbucket or Google Code?
>> Based on what was evident at the SciPy conference, essentially
>> everyone that is using DVCS is using github.  Including Numpy, Scipy,
>> IPython.  I talked to people that have migrated away from google code
>> (didn't ask precisely why, but the answer that you don't find a ton of
>> Python projects there is probably a good one).
>> During the talk on the amazing work on on IPython 0.11 over the last
>> year, Fernando said that one huge factor in their success was using
>> github.  They did over 2000 commits and didn't totally hose things up.
>> Granted they were coming from bzr/launchpad which has lots of
>> problems, but the point is that github's UI is significantly better
>> than the rest.  Things like code review and cross-repo compares are
>> amazing.  A colleague of mine who is hardcore mercurial did a close
>> comparison of github vs. bitbucket and decided that github is way
>> better (and decided to use hg-git to basically take his hg repos and
>> host on github as needed).
> That's actually quite helpful; thanks. (And thanks, too, to Tom Robtaille
> for his expansion on this.)
> Would I be correct, then, in guessing that the main argument in favor of
> github + git is really something like "github seems to be the best place
> for hosting this sort of project, and git is required to use github"?
> (Rather than something like, e.g., "git is so much better than hg
> because X, Y, and Z, and github is a natural place for hosting git-based
> projects".)
> cheers,
> Peter
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