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For business or personal applications, where you wish your code to remain private and/or proprietary, Beanstalk could be a good fit. If you are also interested in beginning to automate with relative ease, their tools can be a great help. Code reviews can also be a key factor in the decision, as they provide a good framework for accountability.
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One scenario that implements GitLab well in our environment is the ability to use GitLab in conjunction with our Argo runner. We are able to do builds in
that update specific values in our yaml files in GitLab that are automatically seen and implemented. We keep each environment on a different branch which helps with clarity and pushing stages up to production. We have had issues with other products in the past in trying to make this work as smoothly as it does with GitLab
Read full review Pros Automation Code Review Support Read full review GitLab excels in managing code versions, allowing easy tracking of changes, branch management, and merging contributions. It helps maintain code stability and reliability, saving time and effort in the development or research workflow. Powerful code review features, enabling collaboration and feedback among team members. Robust project management features, including issue tracking, kanban boards, and milestones. Read full review Cons Interface is not always intuitive, some areas are easier than others to navigate. Price plans are a little odd. However, they do seem to be flexible if a plan does not quite fit your needs. Read full review CI variables management is sometimes hard to use, for example, with File type variables. The scope of each variable is also hard to guess. Access Token: there are too many types (Personal, Project, global..), and it is hard to identify the scope and where it comes from once created. Runners: auto-scaled runners are for the moment hard to put in place, and monitoring is not easy. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Gitlab is the best in its segment. They have a free version, they have open-source software, they provide a good service with their SaaS product, they are a fully-remote company since the beginning (which means they are fully distributed and have forward-thinking IMO). I would certainly recommend them to everyone.
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I find it easy to use, I haven't had to do the integration work, so that's why it is a 9/10, cause I can't speak to how easy that part was or the initial set up, but day to day use is great!
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At this point, I do not have much experience with Gitlab support as I have never had to engage them. They have documentation that is helpful, not quite as extensive as other documentation, but helpful nonetheless. They also seem to be relatively responsive on social media platforms (twitter) and really thrived when
was acquired by Microsoft
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If you are creating open source applications, there is almost no reason not to use
. If you do need private repositories (for proprietary or private, business or personal use),
could be an excellent solution. Beanstalk's main advantages lie in the support (which is excellent), deployment tools, and code review features.
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GitLab is a self-hosted solution when compared with
, but it has all the feature GitLab have. Overall this use case is the same, but I you do not want to store your code on the
server, it is the best solution. Easily manageable but bound to resource restriction. For small teams, I recommend
over Gitlab, but if you have the structure of regular deployment, go with Gitlab.
Read full review Return on Investment Increased automation => better accuracy and efficiency of maintenance/launches Better insights into ongoing work and past modifications to code => lower chance of error and more efficient troubleshooting Read full review GitLab issue management has made release smoother, with about a factor 2 less time used by the relevant person The outward facing issue desk now has several hundred public issues answered, and thus alleviates the team, as users can refer to older questions Use of CI has made commitment of faulty code drop drastically Read full review ScreenShots