Atlassian packages Git aid kit for the enterprise

The development tools provider has also updated its Jira issue tracking tool

By , IDG News Service |  Software

Attempting to further encourage the use of the Git version control software in the enterprise, developer tools provider Atlassian has released a package to help managers harness the open source application for large coding projects.

Atlassian Git Essentials provides an integrated suite of Atlassian tools to run a Git-based software development project, from initial specifications to delivery of the final product.

First developed by Linux creator Linus Torvalds, Git is a distributed revision control system (DVCS), used for managing a software development project involving multiple contributors.

Git quickly became the revision control system of choice for many open source developers, thanks to how effectively it manages large code bases that are worked on by geographically dispersed teams.

Git uses a distributed model, where a canonical copy of working code base, called the mainline, is kept on a hub, and individual developers can make copies of the code base on their own machines.

Enterprise development teams have been interested in Git, for how it can eases the development process, especially for teams that have members spread across different locations.

Many have found, however, the software doesn't provide much to help managers track how a project is progressing. Integrating Git with other enterprise-oriented application development lifecycle tools, such as continuous integration software, can also be a challenging task.

"Git is very empowering for developers, but from a management standpoint, it can be seen as controlled chaos," said Eric Wittman, Atlassian general manager. "We're trying to give the entire software team a framework to adopt Git."

The package includes:

-- Jira, for tracking work items and other project management issues.

-- Jira Agile, for time management around a project.

-- Stash, for managing in-house Git repositories.

-- BitBucket, for hosting and managing Git repositories in a Atlassian cloud service.

-- Bamboo, to automate the build workflow.

Users can also tap into the Atlassian Marketplace for additional plug-ins.

These components have been tied together so they work with one another upon installation. "The integration between the products is really deep," Wittman said. "This isn't just a packaging play."

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