Google To Cease Its Google Code Project Hosting On January 25th, 2016
Google has decided to put up the shutters for its project hosting service, Google Code, on January 25th,2016, the company announced on Thursday. The Mountain View firm has advised developers to cease creation of any new projects. Likewise, all the existing projects will be set to read-only this August.
Google believes that its 9-year old service is not needed anymore. Many developers have migrated to other project hosting services like GitHub and Bitbucket bloom, which are comparatively working better than its service, it admits.
“To meet developers where they are, we ourselves migrated nearly a thousand of our own open source projects from Google Code to GitHub,” the search giant writes on its blog.
In addition to the migration of many projects, what really compelled Google to end up its services was misuse of its platform. The company explained this on its the official Google Code blog:
“Lately, the administrative load has consisted almost exclusively of abuse management. After profiling non-abusive activity on Google Code, it has become clear to us that the service simply isn’t needed anymore.”
Keeping in view its decision of permanently closing the service, the tech giant is providing the migration tools to coders so they may transfer their projects to other platforms without any hustle and bustle.
Google will also make its services “available over the next three months to those projects that need help migrating from Google Code to other hosts.”
Despite the closure of Google Code, Android and Chrome will still be able to avail Git and Gerrit hosting. Similarly, the company is going to maintain its “mirrors of projects” such as Eclipse, kernel.org and others.
As far as the migration procedure is concerned, Google has provided a comprehensive guide on its Open Source Blog. It recommends Google Code to GitHub exporter tool whose automatic operation makes it easier to complete the whole process of migrate project source, issues and Wikis.
Additionally, coders can use stand alone offers from Google for migrating their projects to GitHub and Bitbucket.
Furthermore, the company has apologized for any inconvenience on the course of migration.
The tech giant has appreciated GitHub and Bitbucket’s readiness to help the newcomers to their platforms. Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source considers GitHub and Bitbucket as some great options for coders today that didn’t exist in 2006 when Google Code was launched.