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Coming Soon: Trunks

Wanted to take a moment to announce a project that I've been progressively working on over the past year, and hope to finally open up soon.

Hosted source control is a market that has really exploded in the past 18 months, with a number of providers and options out there. I'm a huge fan of source control for all code, whether big or small, but with most of the offerings, I found something lacking. There wasn't really a service that could meet all of my needs. After dwelling on it for a while, started to figure out what I was really looking for and decided to turn the idea into a reality.

Trunks started out as a realization of a few core difference between what was out there and what I was looking for.

  • Many other services are opinionated about their source control tool, but the feature set people are looking for in a service are the same regardless of the tool. Additionally, people often use multiple tools. I use git for my ruby development, but subversion for most of my .NET development. I don't want to have to pay for two separate services.
  • Most developers are tinkerers. They work on stuff here and there and have an ever growing collection of code and projects. I believe all code should be under source control and never thrown out, but over time I'd be paying more and more with other services due to the number of repositories.
  • Some of the services sell to companies more than individuals and are loaded up with other features. A lot of hosted source control services are bundled with extensive project management, focused around teams and collaboration on the team. I just wanted plain and simple source control.

This has lead to three of the driving ideals in Trunks:

  • SCM agnostic. Trunks currently supports Subversion, Git, and Mercurial, with support for Bazaar also in the works.
  • Unlimited private repositories. And based on focusing on individuals and their growing projects, I am still on the fence about even having public repositories (open to feedback).
  • Just source control. I do plan on some very basic issue tracking (a numbered todo list?), but nothing fancy. It should just be plain simple to use, pretty to look at, stable, and reliable.

More details will be coming. I've had the service up and running for almost a year, but have been sitting on it to figure out what I really wanted to do with it. I recently started dusting it off and diving back into it, polishing the points I liked and removing the annoyances I found while just using it for a few months. Hopefully over the next couple of weeks, I'll feel confident in it enough to go to a private beta and really start kicking its tires.

Keep tuned for more!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

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