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GitHub vs Phabricator: What are the differences?

Introduction:

GitHub and Phabricator are both widely used tools in the software development industry. While both platforms serve as collaborative code management systems, there are several key differences that set them apart. In this article, I will outline six distinct differences between GitHub and Phabricator.

  1. Pricing Model: GitHub offers a freemium pricing model, providing free public repositories and charging for private repositories and additional features. On the other hand, Phabricator is completely free and open-source, allowing users to create unlimited public and private repositories without any cost.

  2. Integration: GitHub offers seamless integration with various third-party services and tools, such as CI/CD systems and project management platforms. Phabricator, on the other hand, provides limited integrations and primarily focuses on providing an all-in-one toolset for software development.

  3. Code Review Workflow: GitHub emphasizes a pull request-based workflow, where developers can propose changes and have them reviewed by teammates before merging them into the main codebase. Phabricator, however, offers a more flexible code review workflow, allowing for multiple types of code review processes (including differential revisions and audits).

  4. Issue Tracking: GitHub provides robust issue tracking capabilities, allowing users to create, assign, and track issues throughout the development process. Phabricator also offers issue tracking, but it primarily focuses on a broader project management approach rather than being solely dedicated to issue tracking.

  5. Deployment Options: GitHub provides a cloud-based platform, where users can host their repositories and take advantage of GitHub's infrastructure. Phabricator, on the other hand, allows users to self-host the platform, giving them full control over the environment and security considerations.

  6. User Interface: GitHub is known for its user-friendly and intuitive interface, making it easy for developers to navigate and collaborate on code. Phabricator, while feature-rich, has a steeper learning curve and provides a more complex user interface.

In summary, GitHub offers a freemium pricing model, extensive third-party integrations, a pull request-based code review workflow, robust issue tracking capabilities, a cloud-based deployment option, and a user-friendly interface. Phabricator, on the other hand, is free and open-source, provides limited integrations, supports various code review workflows, offers issue tracking as part of a broader project management approach, allows for self-hosting, and has a more complex user interface.

Decisions about GitHub and Phabricator
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 · 672.7K 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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Nazar Atamaniuk
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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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    Just works
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    Integrated in many tools
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    Free Public Repos
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    Github Gists
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    Github pages
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    Easy to find repos
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    Open source
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    It's free
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    Easy to find projects
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    Network effect
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    Extensive API
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    Organizations
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    Branching
  • 34
    Developer Profiles
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    Git Powered Wikis
  • 30
    Great for collaboration
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    It's fun
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    Clean interface and good integrations
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    Community SDK involvement
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    Learn from others source code
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    Because: Git
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    It integrates directly with Azure
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    Standard in Open Source collab
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    Newsfeed
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    It integrates directly with Hipchat
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    Fast
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    Beautiful user experience
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    Easy to discover new code libraries
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    Smooth integration
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    Graphs
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    It's awesome
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    Quick Onboarding
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    Reliable
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    Remarkable uptime
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    CI Integration
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    Hands down best online Git service available
  • 4
    Uses GIT
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    Version Control
  • 4
    Simple but powerful
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    Unlimited Public Repos at no cost
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    Free HTML hosting
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    Security options
  • 4
    Loved by developers
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    Easy to use and collaborate with others
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    Free private repos
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    Free HTML hostings
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    Easy and efficient maintainance of the projects
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    Beautiful
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    Easy source control and everything is backed up
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    Very Easy to Use
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    Good tools support
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    Issues tracker
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    Profound
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    Open Source
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    Code Review
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    Supports Git/Hg/SVN
  • 18
    Bug Tracking
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    Audit Source Code
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    Unlimited Repo Support
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    Software Engineering Platform
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    Super fast task creation
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    Flexible Project Management
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    Project Management
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    Self hosted
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    Building Better Software
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    Best Integration with Gitlab
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    Complete set for collaborating on software development
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    Straightforward code review process
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    Owned by micrcosoft
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    Expensive for lone developers that want private repos
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    Relatively slow product/feature release cadence
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    API scoping could be better
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    Only 3 collaborators for private repos
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    Limited featureset for issue management
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    Does not have a graph for showing history like git lens
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    GitHub Packages does not support SNAPSHOT versions
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    No multilingual interface
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    Takes a long time to commit
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    Expensive
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