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GitLab vs Google Cloud Build: What are the differences?


GitLab and Google Cloud Build are two popular tools used for managing and automating software development processes. While both of these tools serve similar purposes, they have key differences that distinguish them from each other.

  1. Integrated Platform vs Separated Services: GitLab is an integrated platform that offers a wide range of features, including source code management, CI/CD pipelines, and project management, all within a single application. On the other hand, Google Cloud Build provides CI/CD capabilities as a standalone service that can be integrated with other tools and services within the Google Cloud ecosystem.

  2. Deployment Environment: GitLab allows users to deploy applications to various environments, such as Kubernetes clusters, VMs, and cloud platforms like AWS and Google Cloud. In contrast, Google Cloud Build is primarily focused on deploying applications to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), making it more suitable for projects that are built specifically for deployment on GCP.

  3. Pricing Structure: GitLab offers both a Community Edition (CE) with open-source features and an Enterprise Edition (EE) with additional paid features. The CE version is free to use, while the EE version requires a subscription. On the other hand, Google Cloud Build follows a pay-as-you-go pricing model, where users are charged based on their actual usage of the service.

  4. Build Configurations: GitLab uses a YAML-based configuration file (.gitlab-ci.yml) to define CI/CD pipelines, allowing for flexibility and customization. Google Cloud Build, on the other hand, uses a similar approach but with a focus on the use of cloudbuild.yaml for defining build steps and configurations.

  5. Integration with Git Providers: GitLab is tightly integrated with Git and provides its own Git server for hosting repositories. It supports both Git and GitLab's own extension called GitLab Flavored Markdown (GFM). Google Cloud Build, on the other hand, can work with any Git provider and supports a wide range of repository hosting platforms, including GitLab, GitHub, and Bitbucket.

  6. Access Control and Permissions: GitLab offers granular access control and permission management, allowing administrators to define fine-grained access levels for different users and groups. Google Cloud Build provides access control through IAM roles, which can be used to grant or restrict access to specific Google Cloud resources.

In summary, GitLab is an integrated platform with a wide range of features and is more suitable for projects that require deployment to various environments. Google Cloud Build, on the other hand, is a standalone service focused on CI/CD within the Google Cloud Platform ecosystem, offering more flexibility in terms of Git provider integration and pricing options.

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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

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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 · 664.9K 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
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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 GitLab
Pros of Google Cloud Build
  • 508
    Self hosted
  • 430
  • 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
  • 34
    Free private repository
  • 34
    Has an official mobile app
  • 31
    Continuous Integration
  • 22
    Open source, great ui (like github)
  • 18
    Slack Integration
  • 14
    Full CI flow
  • 11
    Free and unlimited private git repos
  • 10
    User, group, and project access management is simple
  • 9
    All in one (Git, CI, Agile..)
  • 8
    Built-in CI
  • 8
    Intuitive UI
  • 6
    Both public and private Repositories
  • 6
    Full DevOps suite with Git
  • 5
    Build/pipeline definition alongside code
  • 5
  • 5
    So easy to use
  • 5
    Integrated Docker Registry
  • 5
    It's powerful source code management tool
  • 4
    Issue system
  • 4
  • 4
    Unlimited free repos & collaborators
  • 4
    Security and Stable
  • 4
  • 4
    It's fully integrated
  • 4
    Mattermost Chat client
  • 4
  • 3
    Great for team collaboration
  • 3
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 3
    Low maintenance cost due omnibus-deployment
  • 3
    I like the its runners and executors feature
  • 3
    Free private repos
  • 3
    Because is the best remote host for git repositories
  • 3
    Not Microsoft Owned
  • 3
  • 2
    Groups of groups
  • 2
    Powerful software planning and maintaining tools
  • 2
    Review Apps feature
  • 2
    Kubernetes integration with GitLab CI
  • 2
    It includes everything I need, all packaged with docker
  • 2
    Multilingual interface
  • 2
    HipChat intergration
  • 2
    Powerful Continuous Integration System
  • 2
    One-click install through DigitalOcean
  • 2
    The dashboard with deployed environments
  • 2
    Native CI
  • 2
    Many private repo
  • 2
    Kubernetes Integration
  • 2
    Published IP list for whitelisting (gl-infra#434)
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
    Supports Radius/Ldap & Browser Code Edits
  • 2
    GCP easy integration
  • 2
    Container based

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Cons of GitLab
Cons of Google Cloud Build
  • 28
    Slow ui performance
  • 8
    Introduce breaking bugs every release
  • 6
    Insecure (no published IP list for whitelisting)
  • 2
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 1
    Review Apps feature
  • 2
    Vendor lock-in

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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.

What is Google Cloud Build?

Cloud Build lets you build software quickly across all languages. Get complete control over defining custom workflows for building, testing, and deploying across multiple environments such as VMs, serverless, Kubernetes, or Firebase.

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