Software development teams manage changes to source code over time through version control systems (VCS), like Git, SVN or Mercurial. Git currently prevails as the industry darling and preferred version control system today in the tech industry. If you are using Git, there are two main options when it comes to web-based hosting services, Github and Bitbucket. Each offers similar but different features to to make developing and maintaining your code easier – and this article provides an in-depth look at Bitbucket to see if it’s the right VCS for you!
As part of the Atlassian Suite, Bitbucket offers some great perks when used in conjunction with some of the Atlassian stablemates, namely Jira. Bitbucket integrates easily with Jira by allowing users to automatically link source code to issues, create new branches from Jira, and even add issue keys to a commit, branch, or pull request. Users can even update tickets and statuses in Jira Bitbucket Cloud’s UI. This allows for faster team communication and coordination, and the addition of comments facilitates team communication, providing situational context to the development team. Conversely, Bitbucket development statuses can also be viewed and edited right from Jira, enabling teams to create branches and pull requests without ever leaving their work management system.
Compared with GitHub, Bitbucket is also less expensive for smaller teams. Currently, for a GitHub development team of 10, one would be required to pay nearly 4x the price of the Bitbucket equivalent. The latter even includes free private repositories for less than 5 users. This is a nice free option missing from GitHub, in which private repos start at $7 for a single user.
Bitbucket also includes a built-in continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) solution that unifies with your source code, completely free of tedious setup. There are no complicated CI servers, no user management and permissions to configure, or repositories to synchronize. You simply enable it from the UI, and it’s done in 30 seconds! Compare this to GitHub, which requires users to find, install, and configure a new set of tools, including setting up users (again), all while lacking the end-to-end visibility offered by Bitbucket. This allows companies to apply principles of continuous integration within their development environments easily via custom workflows and rules.
Bitbucket allows for powerful collaboration between teams and quicker turnaround for projects because different parts of projects can be developed simultaneously, And considering Bitbucket’s seamless integration with JIRA, it gives the work moving within it high visibility. Bugs found within code can be solved quickly. More detailed analytical information makes for better reporting and business insights. More creativity can flow within a workspace since teams are already integrated at the process level. This combined with Agile development methodologies to make code deployment seamless (and a little less painful).
Integrātz has utilized Bitbucket and utilized it within our DevOps teams to create more efficient and creative workflows. Through internal implementation of Bitbucket, the team has been able to collaborate and build an increasing repository of robotic process automation (RPA) solutions. Teams find success seamlessly integrating bug tracking within the codes so that JIRA automatically updates information about problems when a new commit is performed in a Bitbucket repository.