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Wildbit
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1999
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Philadelphia, PA
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"Repository management and automated deployments"

What do you like best?

Good pricing for our team, and the built in deployments along with the bells & whistles related to deployments. Setting up a new repository is pretty straight forward, managing access for our team and the occasional vendor or client who needs code access is easy as well. You get what you'd expect from a remote git repository service plus all of Beanstalk's features on top of that, at a decent price.

What do you dislike?

The web interface could use some updates, we have a hard time finding old comments (those icons are small and don't stand out too much) and the code review system is clunky at times. It's not so bad once you get used to it but finding things when you're not already familiar with it can be a challenge for new team members or anyone else we bring into it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need an all-in-one repository host, code review platform and code deployment system, check out Beanstalk. The web interface is a bit rough around the edges but the functionality it provides and support from Wildbit make up for it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Beanstalk for remote git repository hosting, code reviews, and code deployments. We continue to use it as we try to continually improve and refine our collaborations and internal processes. it has helped us to become a more cohesive development team as we implement more code reviews and come up with specific protocols for taking code changes from staging to production.

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"Beanstalk makes VCS and code deployment nice and easy"

What do you like best?

Beanstalk is great for basic git/svn version control, which integrates with all the apps and tools you already use. Their deploy bot service is rolled in too, so trigging code deployments fire on a merge to a branch is seamless.

What do you dislike?

The one thing I would really want Beanstalk to improve is their code review feature. I'm glad they have it, but it's fairly basic and cumbersome for teams to use. GitHub's reviewing is vastly superior.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you intend to use the code review system, try it before building your team workflows on it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Version control and code deployments. We've benefited greatly form their reliability and easy to configure, robust deployment and integration capabilities.

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"Intuitive and Thorough"

What do you like best?

I like how thorough you can be with seeing each individual effected file and how many commits behind an environment is. It makes it really easy to prevent disasters and there’s many safety nets along the way to check yourself over before deploying. We have a small team so this makes it easy to stay on top of every commit. We’re looking to tie this into the ZenDesk ticketing system soon

What do you dislike?

There are no features I can think of that stand out as immediate cons. Beanstalk gets the job done for us.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a very robust and intuitive tool. You will not be disappointed

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We do all our deployments through Beanstalk. We’ve just realized it can tie into ZenDesk so we’re looking to link it to an internal ticket system for assigning tasks and linking them to commits once completed.

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"Great For SVN & Easy Deployment"

What do you like best?

This is the best code repository solution when working with SVN that I have found. For web development, using Beanstalk has provided the most painless and straight forward experience I've found for auto-deploying your commits to a web server, or even multiple web servers.

User access control and management is a breeze. Marking commits for code review and the ability to tag them with descriptors informs the members of the team what to be looking for while reviewing it which certainly can save some time.

The pricing is good for teams of 20 or more that need 20 or more repositories.

What do you dislike?

First off, the UI is pretty ugly in my opinion. And not just in as far as aesthetics but the organization of the information is a bit poor in my opinion.

There is no built-in issue tracking which forces teams to use a 3rd party solutions.

The pricing is bad for anything less than team of 20. Only one free private repo, with 100MB limit, and only one user makes some of it's competitors ahead of the game. I use the free account for one personal project site simply for the beauty of it's auto-deploy capabilities. For me, that is it's one saving grace and really the only reason I still use it for anything instead of other options.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need built-in issue tracking, you won't find it here. But, if you have a team of 20 or more and need 20 or more repositories, the pricing is pretty good... The way it handles deployments is so straight forward and combined with another product from the same vendor, Deploybot it's even better. If those things are appetizing and you don't mind using a 3rd party issue tracker to stack on top, then this may be a pretty good match for you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it mainly as for a single version control repository that auto-deploys to my server after code review and commit approval. The deployment configuration features have saved a lot of time.

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"Beanstalk is a solid all-around solution for most deployment and version-control needs"

What do you like best?

The deployment configuration feature is really great, especially for projects that need to deploy to multiple environments. Team management and access control is pretty well rounded too. The code review feature is also really nice. It has saved me a lot of time in many cases, especially the ability to approve commits, so I can essentially "bookmark" the review for large features in progress. The distinction between a comment and an issue in the code review is also very helpful for me.

What do you dislike?

Performance doesn't seem to scale as well as I'd hope. The UI is kind of ugly and can be difficult to use at times (e.g. doesn't always guide attention to important information, can take a while to figure out where I need to look for certain things). There are too many notifications due to the fact that I get opted into all notifications for all new projects rather than only subscribing me to notifications when I specifically ask for it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It doesn't have issue tracking (we use other software for that), so if you need issue tracking, either look somewhere else or look into another service on top of beanstalk. If you already have version control and are looking into the deployments, check out deploybot. It's made by the same company and even has extra features that haven't made it back into beanstalk yet.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Version control hosting, code reviews, deployment management. Beanstalk has been very effective at fulfilling all of these needs.

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Marketing and Advertising
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"Great Support, Good deployments, Very Happy Overall"

What do you like best?

Their support is always very helpful. Emergency support is extremely fast, always have up to date information when there are (rare) large-scale issues: http://status.beanstalkapp.com/

Deployment system is good. It's very versatile and easy to work with.

Online code editor is also very useful for hot-fixes and quick edits.

What do you dislike?

Their plans are not great for some situations - however, they are actually flexible with them and will make things work for you, so it's not a major complaint.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure one of the plans is at least close to your needs, but know that their team will be somewhat flexible with you.

Deployments - make sure they will meet your needs as is, or that you have the expertise to customize as needed.

Code editor - you can edit and create text files, but you cannot upload new non-text files easily. Most projects probably would not be able to rely on just the online editor, but it's very useful for hot fixes and the like.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting large numbers of repositories to allow collaboration across many users on many projects. We've been able to improve communication, and automate many processes with their tools.

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"Good for Getting Code Pushed and Reviewed"

What do you like best?

It’s pretty easy to set up credentials and start pushing and pulling code. It’s also useful having code review links you can share with other developers. It’s also pretty easy to make and store feature branches.

What do you dislike?

It seems to have less features then other platforms (such as GitLab and Amazon code), But in our case that wasn’t a problem, since we weren’t using those other features anyway.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At my last company, we used Beanstalk to provide code hosting (Git-based which pushed elsewhere to deploy to production) and code review.

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Information Technology and Services
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"Best SVN for non opensource projects"

What do you like best?

The repositories are private and the whole setup process is so much faster then Github. Together with the tortoise windows extension managing multiple repositories with multiple teams is fast and easy.

What do you dislike?

Only thing that I dislike is the price. Even for small teams you have to pay 25 per month which is rather steep unless you can manage with just 5 developers.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I can only say that its far easier to use and setup then GitHub

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing complex software applications with several developers

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"Simple and easy to use"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to handle deployments right inside the software. It's nice not having to use another product. The UI is clean and easy to understand.

What do you dislike?

You have to dig a little deep sometimes to get to where you need to be. (errors, settings, etc...) I don't like that I have to have a different login for different teams either.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you would like to have your version control and deployments in the same place, Beanstalk is a great option.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We handle our version controlling and deployments with Beanstalk. It makes releasing updates much easier.

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"Used for small consulting gig"

What do you like best?

I liked how easy it was to get up and running. Pushing to testing and production is quite trivial for smaller applications.

What do you dislike?

When you have a large build process or QA process it tends to fall apart. As with many turnkey solutions you are not always able to customize deployments to your liking.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a try if you are on a small team with a relatively easy deployment process.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting quick source control with deployments up and running. For smaller teams on a smaller project this tool is great.

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"Love it!"

What do you like best?

As a non Git user coming over from Subversion beanstalk made the transition super easy. It's very secure and very easy to use. Also the in-browser editor and roll back features are just great!

What do you dislike?

Nothing really. I think it's fully featured and really ahs no downsides.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had a huge project that I was not using any Version control for a long time, This product fixed that.

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"i love svn - very easy to use"

What do you like best?

Beanstalk makes it extremely easy to manage my repository

What do you dislike?

Sometimes when searching for previous revisions, it's not the easiest to browse through the results

Recommendations to others considering the product:

When looking around for svn repository hosting, definitely consider Beanstalk. I personally use a free option which is OK, but not nearly as easy to use as Beanstalk!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

simply for repository hosting

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Marketing and Advertising
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"Good service for code hosting and deployment"

What do you like best?

It is one solution for hosting and deployment.

What do you dislike?

Would have liked support for continual testing server integration like TravisCI.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It has limited integrations compared to Github / Bitbucket.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had a simplified workflow for code hosting and deployment from Beanstalk.

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"Great product for large teams"

What do you like best?

The code review process is one of the best available for large teams.

What do you dislike?

The speed at which large repos load is lacking.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Enterprise Level Publishing Web Development and contribution to open source products.

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"Quick start for web applications deployments"

What do you like best?

Elastic Beanstalk is a great product that provides tools for running you web application.

What do you dislike?

Not possible to run several apps on one instance. May be there is a workaround?

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used AWS EB for web APIs.

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"works decently"

What do you like best?

it does a good job in deploying our production code

What do you dislike?

sometimes it takes a while to come up in AWS

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we use it for deployment. it works ok

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Management Consulting
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"Free private version control hosting for subversion, git and mercurial"

What do you like best?

Free private projects, integrates with lots of other applications (basecamp, fogbugz, etc), supports 3 most popular version control tools, nice API. Reasonably priced as well.

What do you dislike?

No major complaints - not as comprehensive a tool as github or bitbucket, i.e. no wiki. Not a huge drawback but at least compared to similar tools it is not as comprehensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Need private version control hosting for a project for free? Beanstalk may be a good option. Also great tool if you want to integrate with popular web based tools.

Beanstalk User Ratings

8.5
Ease of Use
Average: 8.6*
8.6
Quality of Support
Average: 8.5*
8.5
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.6*
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