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Azure DevOps vs GitLab: What are the differences?

Azure DevOps: Services for teams to share code, track work, and ship software. Azure DevOps provides unlimited private Git hosting, cloud build for continuous integration, agile planning, and release management for continuous delivery to the cloud and on-premises. Includes broad IDE support; GitLab: Open source self-hosted Git management software. GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.

Azure DevOps and GitLab are primarily classified as "Project Management" and "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Azure DevOps are:

  • Agile Tools: kanban boards, backlogs, scrum boards
  • Reporting: dashboards, widgets, Power BI
  • Git: free private repositories, pull requests

On the other hand, GitLab provides the following key features:

  • Manage git repositories with fine grained access controls that keep your code secure
  • Perform code reviews and enhance collaboration with merge requests
  • Each project can also have an issue tracker and a wiki

"Complete and powerful" is the top reason why over 11 developers like Azure DevOps, while over 451 developers mention "Self hosted" as the leading cause for choosing GitLab.

GitLab is an open source tool with 20.1K GitHub stars and 5.33K GitHub forks. Here's a link to GitLab's open source repository on GitHub.

Alibaba.com, trivago, and Avocode are some of the popular companies that use GitLab, whereas Azure DevOps is used by Schlumberger, Poq, and simplement-e. GitLab has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1234 company stacks & 1479 developers stacks; compared to Azure DevOps, which is listed in 79 company stacks and 68 developer stacks.

Decisions about Azure DevOps and GitLab
Weverton Timoteo

Do you review your Pull/Merge Request before assigning Reviewers?

If you work in a team opening a Pull Request (or Merge Request) looks appropriate. However, have you ever thought about opening a Pull/Merge Request when working by yourself? Here's a checklist of things you can review in your own:

  • Pick the correct target branch
  • Make Drafts explicit
  • Name things properly
  • Ask help for tools
  • Remove the noise
  • Fetch necessary data
  • Understand Mergeability
  • Pass the message
  • Add screenshots
  • Be found in the future
  • Comment inline in your changes

Read the blog post for more detailed explanation for each item :D

What else do you review before asking for code review?

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Weverton Timoteo

Using an inclusive language is crucial for fostering a diverse culture. Git has changed the naming conventions to be more language-inclusive, and so you should change. Our development tools, like GitHub and GitLab, already supports the change.

SourceLevel deals very nicely with repositories that changed the master branch to a more appropriate word. Besides, you can use the grep linter the look for exclusive terms contained in the source code.

As the inclusive language gap may happen in other aspects of our lives, have you already thought about them?

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Weverton Timoteo

One of the magic tricks git performs is the ability to rewrite log history. You can do it in many ways, but git rebase -i is the one I most use. With this command, It’s possible to switch commits order, remove a commit, squash two or more commits, or edit, for instance.

It’s particularly useful to run it before opening a pull request. It allows developers to “clean up” the mess and organize commits before submitting to review. If you follow the practice 3 and 4, then the list of commits should look very similar to a task list. It should reveal the rationale you had, telling the story of how you end up with that final code.

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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 8 upvotes · 478.1K views

Out of most of the VCS solutions out there, we found Gitlab was the most feature complete with a free community edition. Their DevSecops offering is also a very robust solution. Gitlab CI/CD was quite easy to setup and the direct integration with your VCS + CI/CD is also a bonus. Out of the box integration with major cloud providers, alerting through instant messages etc. are all extremely convenient. We push our CI/CD updates to MS Teams.

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Gitlab as A LOT of features that GitHub and Azure DevOps are missing. Even if both GH and Azure are backed by Microsoft, GitLab being open source has a faster upgrade rate and the hosted by gitlab.com solution seems more appealing than anything else! Quick win: the UI is way better and the Pipeline is way easier to setup on GitLab!

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At DeployPlace we use self-hosted GitLab, we have chosen GitLab as most of us are familiar with it. We are happy with all features GitLab provides, I can’t imagine our life without integrated GitLab CI. Another important feature for us is integrated code review tool, we use it every day, we use merge requests, code reviews, branching. To be honest, most of us have GitHub accounts as well, we like to contribute in open source, and we want to be a part of the tech community, but lack of solutions from GitHub in the area of CI doesn’t let us chose it for our projects.

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Pros of Azure DevOps
Pros of GitLab
  • 54
    Complete and powerful
  • 31
    Huge extension ecosystem
  • 27
    Azure integration
  • 26
    One Stop Shop For Build server, Project Mgt, CDCI
  • 25
    Flexible and powerful
  • 15
    Everything I need. Simple and intuitive UI
  • 13
    Support Open Source
  • 8
    Integrations
  • 7
    GitHub Integration
  • 6
    Cost free for Stakeholders
  • 6
    Project Mgmt Features
  • 6
    One 4 all
  • 5
    Runs in the cloud
  • 5
    Crap
  • 3
    Agent On-Premise(Linux - Windows)
  • 2
    Aws integration
  • 2
    Jenkins Integration
  • 2
    Link Test Cases to Stories
  • 1
    GCP Integration
  • 500
    Self hosted
  • 428
    Free
  • 336
    Has community edition
  • 240
    Easy setup
  • 239
    Familiar interface
  • 132
    Includes many features, including ci
  • 109
    Nice UI
  • 82
    Good integration with gitlabci
  • 55
    Simple setup
  • 33
    Has an official mobile app
  • 32
    Free private repository
  • 29
    Continuous Integration
  • 20
    Open source, great ui (like github)
  • 16
    Slack Integration
  • 11
    Full CI flow
  • 10
    Free and unlimited private git repos
  • 8
    User, group, and project access management is simple
  • 7
    All in one (Git, CI, Agile..)
  • 7
    Intuitive UI
  • 7
    Built-in CI
  • 4
    Both public and private Repositories
  • 3
    So easy to use
  • 3
    It's powerful source code management tool
  • 3
    Issue system
  • 3
    Excellent
  • 3
    Integrated Docker Registry
  • 3
    Build/pipeline definition alongside code
  • 3
    Mattermost Chat client
  • 3
    Full DevOps suite with Git
  • 3
    CI
  • 2
    Dockerized
  • 2
    It's fully integrated
  • 2
    Security and Stable
  • 2
    I like the its runners and executors feature
  • 2
    Because is the best remote host for git repositories
  • 2
    Unlimited free repos & collaborators
  • 2
    On-premises
  • 2
    Free private repos
  • 2
    Low maintenance cost due omnibus-deployment
  • 2
    Great for team collaboration
  • 2
    One-click install through DigitalOcean
  • 1
    Wounderful
  • 1
    Opensource
  • 1
    Not Microsoft Owned
  • 1
    Many private repo
  • 1
    Published IP list for whitelisting (gl-infra#434)
  • 1
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 1
    The dashboard with deployed environments
  • 1
    Groups of groups
  • 1
    Kubernetes Integration
  • 1
    Multilingual interface
  • 1
    Kubernetes integration with GitLab CI
  • 1
    Native CI
  • 1
    HipChat intergration
  • 1
    It includes everything I need, all packaged with docker
  • 1
    Review Apps feature
  • 1
    Powerful software planning and maintaining tools
  • 1
    Powerful Continuous Integration System
  • 1
    Beautiful
  • 0
    Supports Radius/Ldap & Browser Code Edits

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Cons of Azure DevOps
Cons of GitLab
  • 7
    Still dependant on C# for agents
  • 4
    Many in devops disregard MS altogether
  • 4
    Not a requirements management tool
  • 4
    Capacity across cross functional teams not visibile
  • 4
    Half Baked
  • 3
    Jack of all trades, master of none
  • 3
    Poor Jenkins integration
  • 2
    Tedious for test plan/case creation
  • 27
    Slow ui performance
  • 7
    Introduce breaking bugs every release
  • 5
    Insecure (no published IP list for whitelisting)
  • 1
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 0
    Review Apps feature

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What is Azure DevOps?

Azure DevOps provides unlimited private Git hosting, cloud build for continuous integration, agile planning, and release management for continuous delivery to the cloud and on-premises. Includes broad IDE support.

What is GitLab?

GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.

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What are some alternatives to Azure DevOps and GitLab?
Jenkins
In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
GitHub
GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
AWS CodePipeline
CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.
Jira
Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work. Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster.
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
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