How to Collaborate on Code Efficiently? A Short Introduction to BitBucket


5 December 2017 • 8 min read

    A team of developers collaborating on code needs a central location for storage and revision control.

    Atlassian’s Bitbucket is a service for managing source code and development projects that use Mercurial or Git revision control systems. Easily integrated with other Atlassian software like Jira, HipChat, Confluence and Bamboo, Bitbucket is today used by 900,000 teams and a total of 5 million developers.

    Here are 4 critical features that make Bitbucket into a great tool for developer teams.

    Take collaboration to the next level

    Thanks to the distributed version control system, your team can collaborate on code files without breaking a sweat. Bitbucket is the only collaborative Git solution that can be easily scaled to match the needs of your organization.

    Access to code in the Bitbucket Data Center guarantees high performance of your team, even if team members are dispersed all over the world.

    Developers can easily discuss different fragments of the code with inline comments. Pull requests allow to approve code review efficiently.

    Team leaders can set branch permissions to control the actions that particular users can perform on code. Such granular permissions at the branch, repository or project level are a perfect method for preventing errors.

    Store and manage large assets

    If you’re developing software that relies on large assets – for example, games, your team will benefit from Git Large File Storage (LFS). Git LFS allows to track all files in a single place, preview more than 80 file types, and clone repos with your largest assets without paying anything extra.

    The service is pretty smart because your team will be able to upload large files in chunks. You can resume up/downloads any time as well. That makes dealing with versioning large files much smoother and quicker.

    The tool also allows for easy scaling. As your user base grows, your team will benefit from automation functionalities in building, testing and deploying features to enable faster release cycles.

    Additional perk: The access to unlimited private and public repositories on Bitbucket Cloud is free for small teams with no more than 5 members.

    Manage your workflow with Bitbucket Pipelines

    Bitbucket Pipelines allows to manage the entire development workflow inside Bitbucket.

    To benefit from the solution from the moment of writing the code to its deployment, you need to select a repository, turn on Pipelines and you’re good to go. There’s no need for a separate tool that would help you through different stages of your workflow.

    Turning on Pipelines means that you won’t need to worry about additional integration steps needed to connect a repository with your CI tool. That essentially means that you won’t be wasting any time on setting up build agents or managing other accounts.

    Your team will also be able to customize their delivery workflows directly inside the code. All it takes is adding bitbucket-pipelines.yml file to the root of your repository and your team can configure Pipelines to match their needs.

    Another critical feature of Pipelines is that it automatically shows build status in all the places that matter to your team, for example: pull requests, commits, or branches. One glance at a given pull request will be enough for your team to know whether it’s ready to be reviewed, merged, or needs some more work.

    Critical integration with Jira Software

    Bitbucket is well integrated with Atlassian’s flagship product, Jira Software. Your team will be able to connect pull requests and commits with Jira issues easily.

    Thanks to webhooks, Bitbucket can be integrated with may other systems, for example:

    HipChat, to allow productive team chat,

    Confluence, for improved documentation containing source code

    Bamboo, for continuous integration.

    Key takeaway

    Bitbucket is a smart tool that boosts the quality of team collaboration and increases team performance. The system can be easily configured to match the needs of every developer team out there. And the integration with other systems is the icing on the cake.

    To learn more about Bitbucket, have a look at their blog where you’ll find tutorials and feature coverage to maximize the benefits of the platform for coding teams.

    Are you interested to see how Bitbucket could help your team’s productivity skyrocket?

    Leave a comment here or drop me a line, I’m always happy to help organizations optimize their development processes to ensure smooth delivery of quality code.

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