Subversion/Git Hosting with CloudForge

CloudForge

We recently decided to look at different options for hosting our code repositories. Yesterday, we made the move to go with CloudForge. I personally set up almost 70 projects yesterday afternoon and was very pleased with the process, documentation, and interface.

There are a number of different signup/pricing tiers (first option = free). The standard tier ($2 a month) offers multiple users, trac/bugzilla, a one click deployment tool, advanced user roles and permissions, as well as support.

There are also integrations with Basecamp, ZenDesk, Box, and other tools most developers already use.

You can also easily keep track of all your code, get email notifications when code is checked in (shows author, files changed, diffs, etc), view reports, and get a clear idea of what is going on with each project.

When creating a new project – there are very clear instructions on everything you need to know (this made for a very painless afternoon yesterday as I made the switch).

All in all – I have been very pleased and look forward to working with it each and every day in the foreseeable future. If you are looking for a hosted solution for your projects (which goes well beyond just repository hosting) – take a look at Cloudforge

SVN Ignore Icon Files

Here are three easy steps to ignore the annoying Icon files when using SVN on Mac OS X:

  1. Open up the terminal application and type:

    cd ~/.subversion
    nano config
  2. In that file – find the line which starts with # global-ignores. The “#” comments out the line. Remove the # at the beginning of the line and add Icon* to the end of the line. We use Icon* because, the Icon file actually has a return at the end and we want to make sure we match it.
  3. Save changes

Viola – no more issues with the Icon file!

WordPress 2.5 Beta 1 Initial Opinions

I took some time today to download the latest version of WordPress (2.5 beta 1) and decided this would be a perfect opportunity to switch to using subversion to manage my WordPress updates. Now that I am all switched over – updates will be much easier to manage.

My initial thoughts and opinions on WordPress 2.5:

  • The upgrade was painless – 5 minutes.
  • All my plugins worked except for my “Secure Admin” plugin – but that was out of date.
  • My theme works fine – after I made some adjustments to some of my AJAX features that relied on an outdated version of Prototype.
  • The new admin interface is well laid out for the most part. I am still not sure I am sold on the really light colors, but I will give it some time to grow on me.
  • The admin interface is cleaner – it no longer shows artifacts like post and category ID which only a few of us use. (If you want to see the post ID or cat ID, just hover over the edit link next to these items and you can see it in the URL – thanks Demitrious)
  • The post interface is much elongated due to the options that were once available in the right hand column (categories, password protect post, etc) are now below the post box instead of next to it. This is going to take some time to get used to.
  • Overall – this is a big release and I look forward to working with the changes and enhancements.