Gerrit v2.14 brings new features and UX

A brand new version of Gerrit is out, but the increment of the minor version number to 14 uncovers a set of unique innovations that this release provides.

Gerrit Ver. 2.14 is most likely the last 2.x version before the introduction of Gerrit 3.0, which would change forever the way we look and interact with code-reviews. That means that even though 3.0 isn’t ready yet, some experimental features have already been introduced in Gerrit 2.14. Those will be tagged with the [exp] prefix in this article, but don’t be scared by the wording: all Gerrit features, including the experimental ones, are heavily used on a daily basis by large installations like Google’s and GerritHub.io

Java 8

For the first time, Java 8 is a mandatory requirement to run Gerrit. It was previously a strongly recommended option, but both Java 7 and 8 were equally supported. The switch to Java 8 comes with the incompatibilities with all the operating systems that do not support its latest version and updates, such as Ubuntu 15.x or CentOS 5.x to name some of them.

PolyGerrit and review by e-mail [exp]

Gerrit includes a richer user experience with two major improvements: new redesigned HTML5 with WebComponents UX (code-named PolyGerrit) and a fully featured bi-directional HTML e-mails. Interacting with Gerrit is becoming easier and more intuitive.

With PolyGerrit the changes diffs are included into the main screen and are as simple as expanding a div section. The page loading is much faster thanks to the browser caching to the core building blocks of the UX. Even though the UX isn’t complete yet, a lot of Google’s teams use it already on a daily basis, including the Chromium and Go-Lang projects.

The redesigned and richer HTML emails are now bidirectional and include all the information you need to perform an off-line review using your e-mail client. If you are on the move, just reply to the e-mail with your comments and Gerrit will pick them up and include in the change review as messages, amazing isn’t it?

ElasticSearch [exp]

It is now possible to use an alternative Indexing engine, ElasticSearch, which allows having a clustered setup of distributed nodes of index data. That is a major stepping stone towards the full implementation of Gerrit multi-master, giving the possibility of multiple Gerrit masters to share the index data with replication over the network.

Out of the box UX and Plugin Manager [exp]

Installing Gerrit with the associated plugins is so much easier: there is no need to clone the code or googling around for a compatible plugin build: everything is included in Gerrit with an intuitive and user-friendly user-experience. Just use the search box to find the plugins compatible with Gerrit v2.14 and install them with a single click.

This new feature is provided by the new native packages (RPMs, Debian and Docker) which benefit from two new plugins (out-of-the-box and plugin-manager) that are included by default and executed as the first action after a new fresh installation.

What’s next?

A lot more is coming, as the NoteDb support become more mature every day. Google has announced to have switched off the ReviewDb in production and is using NoteDb as “unique source of truth” for all its projects. Gerrit 3.0 with 100% NoteDb support is coming very soon and will change the way you think and interoperate with your code review forever.

Stay tuned; more innovation is coming! – Luca Milanesio – GerritForge

 

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Git plug&play ? Git-in-a-box !

Want to get started quickly with Git ? … all you need is “Git in a box” ! 🙂gitinabox

GerritForge LLP is proud to announce the availability of the first private beta of Git-in-a-box, download today at http://www.gitinabox.com/download.

Git-in-a-box is the revolutionary HTML5 User-Experience to get started using Git on your premises with a “plug & plan” Server installation.

In order to get started, simply execute the following three steps:

  1. Download from here the gitinabox.jar Java executable archive
  2. Double-click the gitinabox.jar file OR execute the following command in a terminal:
    java -jar gitinabox.jar
  3. Wait for Git-in-a-box to get initialised and started: you will see this icon Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 14.06.59 on the system tray, click and select “start” from the menu and wait until it becomes green Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 14.08.41

Git-in-a-box will be running on your local hostname  and will be “ready to go” for creating your first Git repository for you and your local development Team. Open your browser to the Git-in-a-box URL (i.e. http://127.0.0.1:8080and start enjoying Git Server without hassles !

Background.

Git-in-a-box is a revolutionary HTML5 UX based on the popular Google Gerrit Code Review Project (see http://code.google.com/p/gerrit/)

It is based on a restricted set of RESTFul API on top of Gerrit 2.5.1 and allows to leverage the power of Gerrit, one of the most reliable and secure Git Server, without the need to be a Gerrit expert.

Git-in-a-box UX is simple and straightforward, works nicely on most HTML5 enabled browsers and integrates with your system notification to provide you updates of what happens on your Git repositories.

Tablet and Mobile-enabled.

Git-in-a-box UX is based on a fluid layout and automatically resizes in order to fit nicely with nowadays iOS and Android Tablets and even SmartPhones.

Provides RSS support to get real-time information on your Team Development, without being overloaded by notification e-mails.

Roadmap.

Git-in-a-box is currently in private Beta till end of March 2013. With all the feedback received and the stabilisation fixed, the final release of Git-in-a-box will be officially available for Download from April 2013.

Enjoy Git “plug & play” with Git-in-a-box and let us know what you think about it.