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What is Gitlab?


GitLab is a cloud-based code repository and collaborative DevOps platform that allows developers to build software fast to serve customers effectively. Gitlab offers a friendly interface, one point of collaboration, and one place to deploy to any cloud. It becomes the one comprehensive platform to secure your entire software supply chain for the users.

GitLab enables developers with security, continuous integration, many application development tools, and other DevOps features. For more, it offers project management tools to manage your development team within one DevOps architecture.


How does GitLab work?

The essential Gitlab functionality is the repository management system where developers can browse, audit, merge, and perform daily tasks that often require the command line interface. The core part of the front-end user experience is based on Ruby on Rails, which launches tasks via the special pool on a Redis server to a backend helper written on Go called GitLab Runner. PostgreSQL stores all the data about users, repositories, wiki-docs, and other files. In its turn, Git manages all the repositories via the GitLab Shell system.



How did it start?

Ukrainian programmer Dmytro Zaporozhets and Dutch entrepreneur Sid Sibrandji founded GitLab in 2014. It was started in 2011 from an open-source project that aimed to help one team of developers to collaborate. It has become a platform millions worldwide use for faster software delivery, high-level security, and compliance features.

Since the beginning, the company has been run by people who believe in remote work, open source, DevOps, and iteration. So, the GitLab teams work to provide the end users with the possibility to focus on shipping great code faster than on a set of tools.



GitLab Integrations


Even though GitLab already offers developers the immersive functionality of its platform, it has multiple sets of integrations that enrich your DevOps experience. You can authenticate against LDAP or OAuth2, add spam filtering service in comments and feedback forms Akismet to reduce SPAM in public projects and issue tracking, and integrate GitLab with task management platforms such as Trello. GitLab also offers a query language for APIs, GraphQL, that developers can use to request the exact data they need and therefore limit the number of requests you need. And if you are unfamiliar with GraphQL, you can use GitLab technical documents that help you get started with your journey to additional APIs and various integrations.


GitLab Features and Benefits


We have already empathized that GitLab, in the first place, is an efficient, secure collaboration and transparency at every stage, but what differentiates GitLab from other DevOps platforms, and what are its essential advantages?

  1. A self-hosted, on-premises environment where the developers can run with ease
  2. In-depth Source Code Management, which allows you to track a running history of changes, resolve conflicts, and merge branches with ease.
  3. Continuous Integration (CI) provides an automated pipeline for compiling, testing, and validating software builds.
  4. Explicit permissions allow you to restrict merge and push to specific users.
  5. Rich project documentation with wiki pages.
  6. Free static websites hosted from Git repositories that are possible with GitLab Pages
  7. Automatic secrets detection and security testing that keeps the codebase secure and protected
  8. Time tracking, GitLab analytics on productivity, and integration with Jira or Trello keep your team on track
  9. The great variety of enterprise plans with such features as in-depth contribution analytics, group and project insights, code quality reports, and compliance tracking


GitLab mission and strategies

Gitlab’s mission is to enable everyone to contribute to individual and corporate growth and development. When everyone can contribute, the rate of innovation dramatically increases. Inspired by this value, the company’s 10-year product vision was based on the principles of contribution.

Nowadays, GitLab is the DevSecOps Platform that enables enterprises to maximize the bottom line of their business profit by delivering software faster and more efficiently while strengthening security and compliance. The company expansion aimed to progress into such a DevSecOps Platform that can replace any other similar point solution, so every piece of GitLab functionality should become perfect and lovable by its users. The GitLab 3-year strategy articulates the same focus and aims to have 50% of categories mature by the end of 2023.

GitLab also endeavors to support data scientists and engineers  as they support software developers today. Why so? The company believes that data and machine learning/AI models will increasingly power software experiences over time, and customers will need the ability to manage data and its associated ML/AI models as thoroughly as software development requires now. As automation is a core of GitLab processes, the company also expects to automate the handling of product usage data collection, GDPR compliance of data under management, cookie and privacy management, experimentation tools, A/B testing, and many other processes.

And the other strategy of GitLab is becoming a digital content creation platform that could support low code/ no code development, design creation, enhanced content management, and other creative media.

Gitlab is fast in its journey of creating the functionalities of users’ dreams, leveraging the best practices of 100,000 organizations co-developing the DevSecOps platform. The company aimed to mature product surface area over time while focusing on customer results. The number of customers and the speed of growth speaks for themselves.



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