Gerrit User Summit 2018, Palo Alto, CA

As you may know, I was participating in this year Gerrit User Summit, 15th-16th November 2018 in Palo Alto, CA.

I gave two talks: Bazel build gerrit: New and Noteworthy about optimizing Gerrit Build with Bazel and Gerrit Change Workflows with details about interesting multi stop journey that replaced somewhat confusing Draft change/Draft patchset workflows with streamlined Work-In-Progress workflow.

There were plenty of great talks, including Gerrit Analytics, Kubernetes, Multi-Site and Mulit-Master deployments and details about new and shiny Gerrit 3.0 that is going to be tentatively released in Q2 2019.

During the developer hackathon, that took place before the user conference, Gerrit 2.16 release was conducted. Major new feature is: new UI has reached parity with the old GWT UI and therefore old GWT UI is deprecated in 2.16 and in fact was already removed on master and will not be included any more in Gerrit 3.0. Another major feature is Git protocol version 2.0 is fully supported through HTTP and SSH layers.

This release also included small improvements, like simplified debugging capability for UI, SSH and GIT requests. Moreover, submit rules can now be written in Java language as a Gerrit plugin, in addition to Prolog rules.

I would like to thank GerritForge Ltd. for sponsoring travel cost for my participation.

2018 has been a very special year – we were celebrating the 10th anniversary of Gerrit, on 14th November, 2018. 10 years ago Shawn Pierce created a first commit in Gerrit repository. It is such a terrible loss for the whole open source community in general and for Gerrit ecosystem in particular that long-time Git contributor and founder of the Gerrit Code Review project, passed away in January this year.