Thursday, May 02, 2013

Npgsql code moved to GitHub!

Since the beginning, in 2002, Npgsql has been using cvs as its source code management system (SCM). At the time, cvs was being used by a lot of opensource projects, and so it was a natural choice for Npgsql.

A couple of days ago, Npgsql code moved to GitHub. I didn't blog about that in the same day because I wanted to make sure things went well before spreading the word. :) ( You may be asking yourself: But Npgsql code was already at GitHub, wasn't it? Yes, it was. But it was only a mirror of the main cvs repository. And I had to update the code manually every time. Every change had to go first to the main repository cvs and then I would update in GitHub. Obviously the code was often outdated. This is a thing of the past now.)

Git was chosen mainly because there is a lot of documentation about it, it is powerful and because of GitHub. GitHub provides many resources which will help us have a much better environment for our collaborators and users.

For our collaborators there is the idea of cloned repositories and the ability to give us a much better feedback based on pull requests. We will be able to much easily apply changes from our collaborators based on those pull requests. Besides that, our collaborators will be able to use all the power of git to get a better workflow when playing with Npgsql code.

Users will also get a lot of benefits. GitHub provides links to download code from each branch. This will allow users who want to test an unreleased version of Npgsql to try out new features without having to either install git or wait for us to create a beta version.

I'm very confident this change will bring a lot of benefits to Npgsql community. I hope you enjoy this change as much as I do.

I'd like to thank a person who contributed a lot to make this happen. I'm sure that, without his help, this migration would have taken a lot more time: Shay Rojansky. Shay has been helping me since the beginning and gave me all the support I needed to get Npgsql code into GitHub. Thank you very much, Shay!

Also, I'd like to thank the persons behind the excellent script cvs2git. This script did all the hard work of converting the code from cvs to git. Thank you guys!

And last but not the least, I'd like to thank people from pgfoundry where Npgsql had its code hosted until now. Thank you for all the fish.

Npgsql can be found on GitHub at the following addresses:

Please, give it a try and let me know if you find any problems.