Artifacts Matrix for Code Forges, June 2011
This is part of a series on Everything you ever wanted to know about code forges.
Description: The table shows which artifacts are evident in projects of each data forge as of early June 2011.
Artifacts Matrix, June 2011
1. Bitbucket: Must be logged in to see wiki change history?
2. Codehaus: Calculated number of projects on CodeHaus by using the project directory to list projects alphabetically, then summing the counts (total 288). Codehaus does not have a project directory so it was somewhat difficult to survey a variety of projects. Artifacts are more prevalent than metadata.
3. Codeplex: Indicates that they have mailing lists, but archives seem to be web-only in a forum-style format, so I coded the artifact as such.
4. Gitorious: wiki history requires login.
5. Gna: French Free Software Foundation site.
6. Google Code: Does have a project search and directory, but too large to use to calculate manually the number of hosted projects.
7. Java.Net: Merged with Project Kenai.
8. JavaForge: Projects can choose which items to make available. Here I have coded "yes" for any features that I saw in a consistent location on a subset of project pages, but these widgets (for example tracker details) are located on different screens for different projects.
9. Launchpad: Launchpad lists 'blueprints as documentation' as an artifact.
10. Objectweb: Has a middleware focus. Wiki is available on a centralized OW2 wiki server. Edits and history are for logged-in users only. News and news archive is available but no RSS for that.
11. Origo: does not have a directory, so I used the "recent projects" featured on home page to check out what projects were hosted there. Origo has a bugtracker but the history would have to be gleaned by searching for and then combining 'open' and 'closed' I think.
12. OSOR.eu: Forge includes federated sites hosted elsewhere, but I did not include these in my project counts.
13. Sarovar: Sarovar is based in India.
14. Tigris: Calculated number of projects from project directory (by categories). There may be duplicates if projects are listed in more than one category.
15. Tuxfamily: Mailing list archives are disabled for everyone by default but administrators can make them open if they wish. I coded this as 'no'. Offers PostgreSQL in addition to MySQL but was the only forge to do so, so I did not create a separate tag for this.