Review Board has decided to help with the Summer of Code process by providing free hosting for Summer of Code-related review requests. We're offering to add up to 30 projects to reviews.rbcommons.com in order to aid students and mentors in code review and submission. As we get a feel for the load, we may open this up for more projects later.
This is intended for Summer of Code-related submissions only. While we would love to provide free hosting to whole projects in general, we can't yet afford to do so. It's our hope that Review Board will prove useful to your project, encouraging your project to set up a dedicated server for future submissions.
What You'll Get
- Free hosting for all Summer of Code-related submissions for your project.
- A powerful yet easy to use diff viewer that allows inline commenting, making reviewing code a piece of cake.
- Interdiffs, making it easy to review large changes that have undergone many revisions.
- Status reports, listing the student's activity over a period of time.
- A complete history of all of your students' changes. Every revision of every diff.
Applying for Free Hosting
To join, simply send an e-mail to email@example.com with the following information:
- Project name
- Short description of the project
- Source code repository information
- Type (SVN, CVS...)
- Repository path
- Mailing list for review request and review e-mails (optional).
- Bug tracker URL
- Number of students you're expecting
- A link to the Summer of Code listings for any students or mentors involved.
We'll respond to your request usually within the day and get things set up.
There's a reviewboard-gsoc mailing list for discussion and announcements in all-things Review Board Summer of Code. This will be the primary mailing list for students participating in Summer of Code for Review Board, but we expect it to be fairly low-traffic.
What's the Catch?
There's no catch. We're doing this with the hope of spreading Review Board in the open source community and making it a better product. We hope your project finds Review Board useful and will decide to set up a dedicated installation down the road.
Code review is something most open source projects do at some level, but there aren't many good tools out there to help. We believe making code review easier and more fun through Review Board can lead to better applications.
Getting Students Ready
Students and mentors wanting to use Review Board should download RBTools, which contains a handy tool called post-review. You can install RBTools by typing the following in your terminal:
$ sudo easy_install RBTools
To configure post-review with the Summer of Code Review Board server, put the following in $HOME/.reviewboardrc:
REVIEWBOARD_URL = "http://gsoc.reviewboard.org/"
While things should generally run smoothly, it is possible that there will be issues. If you do have a problem with the servers or anything related to Summer of Code and Review Board, you can post to the reviewboard-gsoc mailing list.
If you have general Review Board questions, would like help setting up your own installation, or want to contribute back to the project, you can join the Review Board mailing list and post there.