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Git Flow vs GitHub: What are the differences?

Git Flow: A set of git extensions to provide high-level repository operations. It provides excellent command line help and output. It is a merge based solution. It doesn't rebase feature branches; GitHub: Powerful collaboration, review, and code management for open source and private development projects. 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.

Git Flow belongs to "Git Tools" category of the tech stack, while GitHub can be primarily classified under "Code Collaboration & Version Control".

Git Flow is an open source tool with 1.9K GitHub stars and 455 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Git Flow's open source repository on GitHub.

Airbnb, Netflix, and Medium are some of the popular companies that use GitHub, whereas Git Flow is used by LIVE IT, STOMT, and 成都小鹰摩拜网络科技有限公司. GitHub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4714 company stacks & 6101 developers stacks; compared to Git Flow, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Decisions about Git Flow and GitHub
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 · 554.3K 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 Git Flow
Pros of GitHub
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    • 1.8K
      Open source friendly
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      Easy source control
    • 1.3K
      Nice UI
    • 1.1K
      Great for team collaboration
    • 864
      Easy setup
    • 503
      Issue tracker
    • 484
      Great community
    • 480
      Remote team collaboration
    • 450
      Great way to share
    • 441
      Pull request and features planning
    • 145
      Just works
    • 131
      Integrated in many tools
    • 119
      Free Public Repos
    • 114
      Github Gists
    • 110
      Github pages
    • 82
      Easy to find repos
    • 61
      Open source
    • 59
      Easy to find projects
    • 59
      It's free
    • 56
      Network effect
    • 48
      Extensive API
    • 42
    • 41
    • 33
      Developer Profiles
    • 32
      Git Powered Wikis
    • 29
      Great for collaboration
    • 23
      It's fun
    • 22
      Community SDK involvement
    • 22
      Clean interface and good integrations
    • 19
      Learn from others source code
    • 15
      Because: Git
    • 14
      It integrates directly with Azure
    • 9
      Standard in Open Source collab
    • 9
    • 8
      It integrates directly with Hipchat
    • 7
    • 7
      Beautiful user experience
    • 6
      Cloud SCM
    • 6
      Easy to discover new code libraries
    • 5
      Smooth integration
    • 5
      It's awesome
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
      Nice API
    • 4
      Quick Onboarding
    • 4
      Remarkable uptime
    • 4
      Hands down best online Git service available
    • 4
      CI Integration
    • 4
    • 3
      Loved by developers
    • 3
      Free HTML hosting
    • 3
      Security options
    • 3
      Simple but powerful
    • 3
      Uses GIT
    • 3
      Unlimited Public Repos at no cost
    • 3
      Version Control
    • 3
      Easy to use and collaborate with others
    • 2
      Nice to use
    • 2
    • 2
    • 1
      Easy and efficient maintainance of the projects
    • 1
      Good tools support
    • 1
    • 1
      Free HTML hostings
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      Self Hosted
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      All in one development service
    • 1
      Easy to use
    • 1
      Easy source control and everything is backed up
    • 1
      Leads the copycats
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      Never dethroned
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      IAM integration
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      Issues tracker
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      Very Easy to Use
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      Easy deployment via SSH
    • 1
      Free private repos
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    Cons of Git Flow
    Cons of GitHub
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      • 53
        Owned by micrcosoft
      • 37
        Expensive for lone developers that want private repos
      • 15
        Relatively slow product/feature release cadence
      • 10
        API scoping could be better
      • 8
        Only 3 collaborators for private repos
      • 3
        Limited featureset for issue management
      • 2
        GitHub Packages does not support SNAPSHOT versions
      • 2
        Does not have a graph for showing history like git lens
      • 1
        Have to use a token for the package registry
      • 1
        No multilingual interface
      • 1
        Takes a long time to commit

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      What is Git Flow?

      It provides excellent command line help and output. It is a merge based solution. It doesn't rebase feature branches.

      What is 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.

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