GitLab vs GitHub- How Are They Different
Both are web-based Git repositories that have streamlined web improvement work processes. They provide centralized, cloud-based locations where teams can store, share, publish, test, and collaborate on web development projects. Git revolutionized version control—crucial when you have more than one developer working on a project—and GitHub added a staging platform to share prototypes and open-source projects.
Like GitHub, GitLab is a web-based repository manager that lets teams collaborate on code, duplicate code to safely create and edit new projects, then merge finished code into existing projects. GitLab is written in the Ruby programming language and includes a Wiki and issue-tracking features. It has three separate versions: GitLab Community Edition (CE), Enterprise Edition (EE), and a GitLab-hosted version, GitLab.com.
Its permissions, branch protection, and authentication features are what really make it stand out. Teams can secure projects on a more granular level, and projects are kept even safer while they’re being worked on, which we cover in more detail below.
THE GITLAB ADVANTAGE
GitLab has everything GitHub has, and more—giving teams increased control over their repositories. Its extra features include:
- A convenient user interface enables users to access everything from one screen: projects, latest projects, users, latest users, groups, and stats.
- Settings allow users to control whether a repository is public or private.
- “Snippet support” lets users share small pieces of code from a project, without sharing the whole project.
- Ensured branches are another approach to guard code. They enable clients to set higher authorizations on an undertaking, so just certain individuals can push, constrain push, or erase code in a branch.
- Verification levels make this security a stride further, enabling clients to give individuals access past a read/compose level. For instance, you can give a colleague access to issue following without giving them access to the code itself.
- Improved milestones enable you to set milestones at a group level, not just a developer-specific level. Developers can get insight into the whole team’s scope and view the entire project’s milestones, not just their own.
- With the "Work in Progress" status, engineers can mark a task "WIP" to tell colleagues that the code is incomplete. This keeps it from inadvertently getting converged with other code before it's done.
- You can attach files like comments to any communications in GitLab.
“INNERSOURCING” WITH GITLAB
One of GitLab’s most exciting capabilities is its support for a collaboration technique known as “innersourcing.” Innersourcing is a term coined to describe a way companies can tap development resources who otherwise wouldn’t know about a project because it’s outside of their scope.
Because developers often work in silos, a GitLab repository enables them to easily browse and share projects active in their company. Anyone logged on to the GitLab server can access projects in that company. It’s a new way organization can benefit from every developer on the team by sharing skills and bandwidth conveniently and securely.