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Bamboo vs GitLab: What are the differences?


In this article, we will discuss the key differences between Bamboo and GitLab. Both Bamboo and GitLab are popular DevOps tools used in software development and release management. While they serve similar purposes, they have distinct features and functionalities that set them apart from each other. Let's explore the key differences.

  1. Integration and Ecosystem: Bamboo primarily integrates with other tools and platforms within the Atlassian ecosystem, such as Jira and Bitbucket. On the other hand, GitLab is an all-in-one DevOps platform that provides end-to-end integration and supports diverse tools and services like Kubernetes, Docker, and Prometheus, offering a comprehensive ecosystem for software development.

  2. Version Control System: Bamboo is primarily designed to work with multiple version control systems, including Git, Mercurial, and Subversion, providing flexibility for teams using different VCS. GitLab, on the other hand, is built specifically for Git version control system, leveraging its advanced features and offering seamless Git repository management.

  3. CI/CD Pipelines: Both Bamboo and GitLab offer capabilities for Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD). However, GitLab provides more advanced CI/CD features out of the box, including built-in container registry, Kubernetes integration, and monitoring tools, making it a more robust solution for managing the entire CI/CD pipeline.

  4. Scalability and Performance: While both Bamboo and GitLab can handle small to medium-sized projects, GitLab is known for its scalability and performance capabilities, especially in larger and complex enterprise environments. GitLab's distributed architecture and the ability to leverage containerization technologies allow it to handle high workloads and offer better performance.

  5. Pricing and Licensing: Bamboo is a commercial tool that requires a license fee, which can be a significant consideration for organizations with budget constraints. On the other hand, GitLab has an open-source community edition that is free to use, and it also offers additional premium editions with enterprise-level features and support options, making it a cost-effective choice for many businesses.

  6. User Experience and Interface: Bamboo's user interface is often considered more intuitive and user-friendly, especially for non-technical users. GitLab, although highly customizable, has a steeper learning curve and may require some technical expertise to fully leverage its capabilities. However, GitLab's extensive documentation and vibrant community support help users navigate through the platform effectively.

In summary, Bamboo provides a seamless integration within the Atlassian ecosystem, supports multiple version control systems, and offers an intuitive interface, while GitLab provides a comprehensive DevOps platform with advanced CI/CD features, scalability, versatility with Git, and cost-effective licensing options. The choice between Bamboo and GitLab ultimately depends on the specific requirements, complexity, and budget of the development project.

Decisions about Bamboo and GitLab
Elmar Wouters
CEO, Managing Director at Wouters Media · | 7 upvotes · 528.1K views

I first used BitBucket because it had private repo's, and it didn't disappoint me. Also with the smooth integration of Jira, the decision to use BitBucket as a full application maintenance service was as easy as 1, 2, 3.

I honestly love BitBucket, by the looks, by the UI, and the smooth integration with Tower.

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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

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 · 677.2K 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 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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Nazar Atamaniuk
Shared insights

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 Bamboo
Pros of GitLab
  • 10
    Integrates with other Atlassian tools
  • 4
    Great notification scheme
  • 2
    Great UI
  • 1
    Has Deployment Projects
  • 508
    Self hosted
  • 431
  • 339
    Has community edition
  • 242
    Easy setup
  • 240
    Familiar interface
  • 137
    Includes many features, including ci
  • 113
    Nice UI
  • 84
    Good integration with gitlabci
  • 57
    Simple setup
  • 35
    Has an official mobile app
  • 34
    Free private repository
  • 31
    Continuous Integration
  • 23
    Open source, great ui (like github)
  • 18
    Slack Integration
  • 15
    Full CI flow
  • 11
    Free and unlimited private git repos
  • 10
    All in one (Git, CI, Agile..)
  • 10
    User, group, and project access management is simple
  • 8
    Intuitive UI
  • 8
    Built-in CI
  • 6
    Full DevOps suite with Git
  • 6
    Both public and private Repositories
  • 5
    Integrated Docker Registry
  • 5
    So easy to use
  • 5
  • 5
    Build/pipeline definition alongside code
  • 5
    It's powerful source code management tool
  • 4
  • 4
    It's fully integrated
  • 4
  • 4
    Security and Stable
  • 4
    Unlimited free repos & collaborators
  • 4
    Not Microsoft Owned
  • 4
  • 4
    Issue system
  • 4
    Mattermost Chat client
  • 3
    Great for team collaboration
  • 3
    Free private repos
  • 3
    Because is the best remote host for git repositories
  • 3
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 3
  • 3
    Low maintenance cost due omnibus-deployment
  • 3
    I like the its runners and executors feature
  • 2
  • 2
    Groups of groups
  • 2
    Multilingual interface
  • 2
    Powerful software planning and maintaining tools
  • 2
    Review Apps feature
  • 2
    Kubernetes integration with GitLab CI
  • 2
    One-click install through DigitalOcean
  • 2
    Powerful Continuous Integration System
  • 2
    It includes everything I need, all packaged with docker
  • 2
    The dashboard with deployed environments
  • 2
    HipChat intergration
  • 2
    Many private repo
  • 2
    Kubernetes Integration
  • 2
    Published IP list for whitelisting (gl-infra#434)
  • 2
  • 2
    Native CI
  • 1
    Supports Radius/Ldap & Browser Code Edits

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Cons of Bamboo
Cons of GitLab
  • 6
  • 1
    Low community support
  • 1
    Bad UI
  • 1
    Bad integration with docker
  • 28
    Slow ui performance
  • 9
    Introduce breaking bugs every release
  • 6
    Insecure (no published IP list for whitelisting)
  • 2
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 1
    Review Apps feature

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What is Bamboo?

Focus on coding and count on Bamboo as your CI and build server! Create multi-stage build plans, set up triggers to start builds upon commits, and assign agents to your critical builds and deployments.

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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