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17 March 2010, 15:25

Google Code celebrates 5th birthday

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Five years ago today, Google announced the launch of its Google Code project hosting site. The portal is a resource for both community and Google developers to work on a number of open source projects. When it first launched, Google Code had links to just eight APIs and a only a small handful of the company's own projects. The first of the annual Google Summer of Code (GSoC) competitions that offers university students stipends to write and develop code for various open source projects was announced on the site.

According to a post on the Google Code Blog by Open Source Programs Manager Chris DiBona, the site currently features more than 60 APIs which receive more over four billion hits per day. DiBona said "With the meaning of open in mind, Google Code set out to foster best practices in developer documentation, build a community around web and open source development and demonstrate the power of Google technologies,".

To date, there are currently more than 240,000 registered projects and about 17,000 commits per day. Google also hosts 800 of its own open source projects, including Android, Chrome, the Chrome OS and the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) – each with over one million lines of code.

DiBona announced that, to celebrate Google Code's birthday and thank all of the developers, Google is "rolling out a new, faster Subversion server" and doubling the source code storage for Project Hosting from 1 GB to 2 GB.

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