First, I’d like to address some misinformation. The use of Github itself was never an issue. It was how the original movement of the sources to Github was executed, and why, that created tension. Github is just a tool and it is a better choice for source control, at least in the short term, for several reasons:
- Rich REST API: Good for IDE and tooling integration and will allow some cool workflows which can empower contributors.
- Known quantity: Developers are very familiar with Github and its workflows. It’s easy for developers to interact with us by forking, making modifications, and submitting pull requests.
- Git repositories are available over HTTPS which makes collaboration at larger organizations easier.
- SVN interoperability: There are still many developers who are comfortable with their SVN tool chain and Github makes working with Git and SVN simultaneously a possibility
We proposed using Github on the Hudson list, and in short order agreement was reached and the move was initiated. Winston did the infrastructure work last night to push the sources for Hudson over to Github. It was really that Simple. It’s amazing how smoothly things go when you clearly communicate your intentions to all stakeholders. We hope to keep improving the infrastructure for Hudson so if you’re interested please join the Hudson Dev list!
You can also keep track of Hudson developments by following us on Twitter!
Sonatype recently announced the availability of m2eclipse 0.12. This release includes support for Maven 3.0 and many improvements in the HTTP transport code. This should be the last release made available from the Sonatype servers. But not to worry, we are not stopping the development. In fact, quite conversely, we are ramping up our efforts on the m2eclipse core and moving m2e to the Eclipse foundation.
At this point, the move has not been completed as we are still working with the Eclipse IP team to get all our code and dependencies reviewed. If all goes well, we are hoping to have everything moved to the Eclipse Foundation by mid-December. In the meantime the development is still happening on github but under the new org.eclipse.m2e name-space. We will keep you posted when the code has been completed moved.
Sonatype uses GitHub to host a number of projects including all of our books. It has been a very valuable tool for us, and we’ve already seen great benefits. The social, interactive nature of the tool allows people interested in the book to keep up with the development of the content, and we’ve already had a few contributors show up and help us write more content. Contributors can fork our books, add whole sections or correct typod and then make a simple pull request that notifies us of the changes. Because we find it so useful, I thought I’d take some time to detail the process of connecting a new Maven project to GitHub. The following post details the process of creating a new GitHub repository, importing a Maven project, and then configuring the SCM element in your project’s POM. Once you’ve done that, you can start using the Maven Release plugin to automate the SCM operations that accompany a release.