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Git for Teams by Emma Jane Hogbin Westby

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Chapter 11. Private Team Work on Bitbucket

Bitbucket is a popular code hosting system by the same folks who built JIRA. With approximately three million users, it may have a smaller user base than GitHub, but for small teams it has two very big advantages: free private repositories and per-branch access control. In addition to these features, I generally find Bitbucket’s interface intuitive, and its documentation comprehensive. This commitment to usability will go a long way to keep internal teams running smoothly.

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to complete the following on Bitbucket:

  • Get set up as a solo developer

  • Share your repository with other developers

  • Limit access control per-branch for a given project

This chapter is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to Bitbucket. Rather, it is an up and running overview of several important features that you may want to use with your team.

Those who learn best by following along with video tutorials will benefit from Collaborating with Git (O’Reilly), the companion video series for this book.

Project Governance for Nonpublic Projects

The default options for Bitbucket repositories have interesting implications when compared to GitHub’s. Depending on your point of view, you may think of them as “discreet” or “antisocial.” By default, Bitbucket assumes the repository you are about to create is a private repository, and that forks of the repository should also be private. This is the opposite to what GitHub chooses ...

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