Hosted Subversion solutions

Scott Watermasysk (developer of the DotText blog engine, the precursor to SubText, which is used to power this blog was originally used to power this blog) recently wrote about hosted Subversion solutions and the fact that Subversion is the version control engine used by Google Code. A few years ago I switched to Subversion (from Visual SourceSafe) and I’ve never looked back. Between Subversion, TortoiseSVN (a Windows Explorer-integrated Subversion client), and AnkhSVN (a Visual Studio add-in Subversion client), there’s little reason to look elsewhere.

Is Google Code a worthwhile Subversion host? In short, it depends on your needs. Google Code offers lots of disk space (100MB) and provides a free Subversion repository, but it also requires your project to be open source (the create project page requires you to select one of a few open-source licenses). As a result, Google Code is a great solution for an open-source project.

What about closed source projects? For over a year I have used and would highly recommend them to anyone needing a private Subversion repository. They offer plans for as low as $7 a month — and throw in SSL data encryption, an unlimited number of repositories, 100MB of disk space, unlimited users, and free Trac project management software (a combined wiki, source browser, and ticketing system). I have about a dozen projects hosted by them, with different developers working on each one, with separate repositories for each one — all for what amounts to $70 a year. You can’t beat that.

Side thought: I will be commenting on CodePlex soon. I recently received an “OK” from Scott Guthrie of Microsoft to move my precompiled CSSFriendly control adapters to CodePlex (I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a licensing violation), and will be doing that this week, so stay tuned.

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