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Azure Repos vs Bitbucket: What are the differences?

As organizations continue to leverage version control systems for software development, distinguishing between Azure Repos and Bitbucket becomes crucial. Below are the key differences between Azure Repos and Bitbucket that can aid in decision-making processes.

  1. Hosting Type: Azure Repos is solely cloud-based and part of Microsoft Azure's suite of services, while Bitbucket offers both cloud-based and self-hosted options, providing more flexibility for teams with specific hosting requirements.

  2. Pricing Structure: Azure Repos is bundled as part of Azure DevOps Services, with pricing based on the usage of the entire DevOps platform. In contrast, Bitbucket offers a tiered pricing structure based on the number of users, making it a more cost-effective solution for smaller teams.

  3. Integration Capabilities: Azure Repos seamlessly integrates with other Azure services such as Azure Boards for project management and Azure Pipelines for CI/CD processes, offering a comprehensive DevOps solution. Bitbucket, on the other hand, integrates well with other Atlassian products like Jira and Bamboo, catering to teams using the Atlassian ecosystem.

  4. Built-in Code Search: Bitbucket provides built-in code search functionality, allowing developers to quickly find and navigate code within repositories. While Azure Repos lacks this feature natively, it can be supplemented using Azure Search for code search capabilities.

  5. Support for Large Files: Bitbucket excels in handling large files and repositories due to its LFS (Large File Storage) support, making it ideal for projects with extensive media or binary files. Azure Repos, on the other hand, may encounter limitations with large files due to the default file size constraints in Azure DevOps.

In Summary, Azure Repos offers deep integration with Azure services and a cloud-exclusive hosting model, while Bitbucket provides flexibility in hosting options, robust code search capabilities, and better support for large files.

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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

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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Pros of Azure Repos
Pros of Bitbucket
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    • 904
      Free private repos
    • 397
      Simple setup
    • 348
      Nice ui and tools
    • 341
      Unlimited private repositories
    • 240
      Affordable git hosting
    • 123
      Integrates with many apis and services
    • 119
      Reliable uptime
    • 87
      Nice gui
    • 85
      Pull requests and code reviews
    • 58
      Very customisable
    • 16
      Mercurial repositories
    • 14
      SourceTree integration
    • 12
      JIRA integration
    • 10
      Track every commit to an issue in JIRA
    • 8
      Deployment hooks
    • 8
      Best free alternative to Github
    • 7
      Automatically share repositories with all your teammates
    • 7
      Compatible with Mac and Windows
    • 6
      Source Code Insight
    • 6
    • 5
      Login with Google
    • 5
      Create a wiki
    • 5
      Approve pull request button
    • 4
      Customizable pipelines
    • 4
      #2 Atlassian Product after JIRA
    • 3
      Also supports Mercurial
    • 3
      Unlimited Private Repos at no cost
    • 3
      Continuous Integration and Delivery
    • 2
      Academic license program
    • 2
      Multilingual interface
    • 2
    • 2
      Open source friendly
    • 2
      Issues tracker
    • 2
    • 2
      IAM integration
    • 2
      Mercurial Support

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    Cons of Azure Repos
    Cons of Bitbucket
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      • 19
        Not much community activity
      • 17
        Difficult to review prs because of confusing ui
      • 15
        Quite buggy
      • 10
        Managed by enterprise Java company
      • 8
        CI tool is not free of charge
      • 7
        Complexity with rights management
      • 6
        Only 5 collaborators for private repos
      • 4
        Slow performance
      • 2
        No AWS Codepipelines integration
      • 1
        No more Mercurial repositories
      • 1
        No server side git-hook support

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      What is Azure Repos?

      It is a set of version control tools that you can use to manage your code. Get unlimited private Git repository hosting and support across all scales, from a single hobby project for TFVC to the world's largest repository.

      What is Bitbucket?

      Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private Git repositories. Teams choose Bitbucket because it has a superior Jira integration, built-in CI/CD, & is free for up to 5 users.

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