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, May 22, 2009
What’s in the box? With any new thing, unboxing is the moment that anticipation meets realization. It’s a moment so loved that hundreds of people actually photo-document the experience and share it on Flickr.
Usually when we think about unboxing, we think about new laptops, cameras, and heck even cupcake unboxing can be worth sharing. Web services don’t have same unboxing experience as physical objects, so getting a handle on what a new one is all about takes a bit more exploration, and to help with that we thought a post about what you get out of the box with Workspace is in order.
When you sign up for Workspace and create a project, you get a number of tools that we know you’ll recognize as essential to good development practices:
- issue and bug tracking
- source code hosting and revision control
- project blog
- project wiki
- discussion forum
Not too shabby, but the more you dig in, the more you start to find:
- automatic backup of your code
- customizable permissions, with privacy settings to make open-source projects open or to keep private projects under wraps
- project management features that support both Waterfall and Agile development methodologies
It’s not uncommon to find teams using several different tools to provide that same spread of functionality, and each one of those tools needs to be installed, configured and maintained. And don’t forget about your backups (you are doing backups, right?). If you want a smooth workflow between those tools, you’ll be spending some time and head-scratching to get them playing together. This is one spot where Workspace really shines; the entire stack of infrastructure tools has been integrated into one tidy package:
- Source code hosting on secure servers "in the cloud"
- Subversion (SVN) for revision control
- A tracking system for bugs, feature requests, support issues, or whatever else needs tracking
- Wikis, blogs, and forums for your projects
All in one tab of one browser window. When you set up your first project in Workspace, you’ve done all that in just a few minutes. That’s a lot of items to check off on a senior developer or project manager’s to-do list.