Software development projects are based on teamwork. All members should know what the others are doing and freely access code written by their colleagues. It is possible with version control systems – software that allows documenting changes in code and uploading new versions.
A service that stores projects to enable access to several computers and developers is called a project hosting service. All serious development and scientific projects rely on these platforms – they allow keeping track of the team’s work and accessing code from any device.
GitHub has a simple User Interface that quickly gets developers in the flow of working with Git algorithms. Another defining characteristic is its speed – the service pushes and pulls requests and merges versions quickly.
The main selling point of BitBucket is the possibility to host an unlimited number of private repositories for small teams (1-5 users). However, Bitbucket’s UI originally was not as straightforward as GitHub’s, and the functionality was underdeveloped. Now, however, the two services are getting increasingly more similar – and BitBucket’s popularity is growing.