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Google Project Hosting

Open Source Project Hosting


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Published 05/10/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Google Project Hosting is a collaborative development environment designed for open source projects. Users can create individual projects that receive their own wiki pages, issue trackers, downloads section, member controls and a Subversion/Git/Mercurial repository. The administrator area lets the user customize their project. A project summary can be created by modifying options and adding a blog, custom project logo and/or analytics. The project members tab lets users add new owners and committers. A source tab lets users grant code review permissions to non-project members. The application also comes with the assistance of significant documentation. Google provides detail instructions to perform every task and take advantage of each feature it offers. Users can manage all aspects of an open source project using Google Project Hosting.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Google Project Hosting was created by one of the most popular companies on the web. The application is well-know, primarily for its associated branding with the Google name. Many users have created new open source projects and managed them using Google Project Hosting. The service offers a long list of features that many users love as well as significant documentation. The application is flexible, although there are some project limitations. These limitations are, for the most part, generous.

What are the differences to other apps?

Google Project Hosting brings together all the tools a user could need to manage an open source project. The application helps users manage project member permissions, create a detailed description with blogs and other specifications and track any issues related to the project. The service is as economical as it can be with minimal limitations. Users can create as many as 25 separate open source projects on one Google Project Hosting account.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Google Project Hosting looks just as anyone familiar with Google would expect it to look. The application adopts the familiar white background and colorful logo that has been the company’s trademark for years. The interface is well-organized and uses tabs so the user can navigate to specific features and functions easily. There aren’t any obstacles to get between the user and their next open source project.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can begin their first open source project with Google Project Hosting by clicking the blue “ Sign in to create a project” link to the right of the small green plus sign at the center of the homepage. The next page invites the user to sign in with their Google account. Users who do not have an account can click the red “Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner. The registration form on the next page asks for a current email address, date of birth, location, password, date of birth and word verification. The user must also verify their account with a text message or voice call.

What does it cost to use the application?

Google Project Hosting offers all of its features and services for free. There are no subscription fees and users do not have to purchase anything to keep an account open. Creating a new Google account is also free, and gives the user access to additional services. The application provides a number of user friendly tools that can help users work on open source projects. It’s also a good way to encourage more developers to put together new open source projects.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Google Project Hosting is ideal for any developer with an open source project . Users can set up as many as 25 open source projects on one account for free. There are no other fees and users can work with others to collaborate while retaining control with permission settings. The application can handle issue tracking as well. Users can explore existing projects by selecting a category on the Google Project Hosting homepage.

  • Create new open source projects
  • Set user permissions and add owners and committers
  • Provide details through the project description
  • Allow non-project members to review code
  • Manages issues with a built in issue tracker


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