This is an article I sat to write before the news broke out. After I was done, I briefly visit my Facebook feed where I get the news on my feed. So I had to scrape it all off and write it again. In post I just deleted, I had talked about how most projects with Google Code have either retired or have not changed in past years and how new developers prefer GitHub. And then, I get to hear that Google themselves have decided to send Google Code into oblivion.
It has been nearly a decade that Google brought out Google Code. It was such a great news at that time. It launched Google into the
messiah status for open source. But like many (or may I term it as ‘most’?) product Google launches, Google code somewhere down the line lost the attention it deserved from the search giant.
With time, Google moved on to things it deemed better and along came in Github with the flag of
social coding. I believe it is a great win for people at Github when Google, bidding it’s own code hosting system states:
Many projects moved away from Google Code to those other systems. To meet developers where they are, we ourselves migrated nearly a thousand of our own open source projects from Google Code to GitHub.
To me it sounds like a statement Google used to cover its neglect towards Google code. It also sounds like one more arena where Google missed the ‘Social’ beat. In their official announcement here allows users to migrate their code to GitHub and BitBucket.
If you have some old code you would like to keep a backup of somewhere for any reason, now would be the time. In the comments section of the post, Chris DiBona states that repositories will for now be marked as
Project Moved. It might not be long before Google Code is completely shut down. It would be recommended to move the code now. It might be a little late later.