Slow source code access and problems transferring projects from SourceForge have plagued Google Code hosting in its first week of operation. But Google engineers worked through the weekend to correct the problems and reported making some headway. According to a post by Greg Stein on Sunday night,
We just pushed out a fix for the Subversion performance. Please let us know if you see any continued problems.
Before the fix, making commits could take one minute per file but after the fix one user reported it only took a few seconds.
Developers seemed willing to cut Google some slack on the new service, especially after several Google engineers jumped on the user forum to apologize for the teething problems. A response from user and ZDNet blogger Garett Rogers was typical:
I am not turning away from this service. I am positive the excess brainpower of the Googlers working on it is more than enough to squash any problems that may arise.
As of this writing, approximately 2,000 projects have been created on Google Code including 239 Java projects, 149 in Python, 71 in Ruby, and 19 mentioning Eclipse.
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