SourceForge gets an upgrade

VA Software has announced an upgrade to its Web-based software development platform SourceForge to provide support for popular...

VA Software has announced an upgrade to its Web-based software development platform SourceForge to provide support for popular enterprise software systems and developer tools.

SourceForge is a development environment that is designed to enable enterprise developers to collaborate on research and development projects over the Internet.

The software, used by customers including Hewlett-Packard and Cornell University, is designed to allow development teams spread across various physical locations to share code, collaborate on development and access the source code of a piece of software from a central, secure location, the company said. It is based on a similar version first developed by VA Software to be used by developers of open source software.

SourceForge Version 3.1, which is scheduled to ship in May, will be able to run on the Solaris operating system, the company said. Previously, the software was only available from the company in a version that could be installed on a server running the distribution of the Linux operating system from Red Hat, the company said.

Additionally, the software will be able to integrate with software management tools from Rational Software and Perforce Software, according to Dan Bressler, director of product development at VA Software.

Those companies offer what are called software configuration management tools that are widely used to maintain software code as it goes through development changes and upgrades, Bressler said. In previous versions of SourceForge, VA Software only supported a freely-available management tool known as Concurrent Version Systems.

Additional support for Rational's ClearCase management tool and Perforce's self-titled management tool was driven by customer demand, the company said.

"Often customers have existing solutions they want to supplement," Bressler said. "Whenever a team creates a project they're able to select which tools they want to use."

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