JetBrains Space Review: Meet a New Product from JetBrains
At KotlinConf, JetBrains (an international company that creates development tools) introduced new Space product and launched the Early Access Program.
In this article we will tell you what Space can do as well as the tasks and problems that it solves. You can watch the presentation recording in the video below.
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What is Space?
Space is an integrated teamwork environment. The main functionality of Space includes hosting Git repositories, code review, automation (CI / CD) based on Kotlin scripts, package repositories, planning tools, task tracker. For productive communication, Space provides profiles of teams and employees, chats, blogs, calendars, the ability to schedule meetings and much more.
Like many JetBrains products, Space has emerged as a solution to the own challenges of the Space creators. They have grown from a team of three developers to a company with more than 1,200 employees, 60% of them are technical specialists. At some point, they realized that they were using different, unrelated tools, which often leads to misunderstanding, less effective communication, and sometimes to the loss of important information. Therefore, JetBrains team decided to create a product that will become a single environment for the work of all teams.
Space — for people and teams
The team is one of the main concepts in Space. A new team member automatically gets access to all resources related to her: meetings, blog posts, repositories, calendar, chat channels, vacation schedule and so on. This eliminates the need to create groups and manually add new colleagues to them.
Space is a platform
Space functionality can be expanded in several ways: use the HTTP API, webhooks or Client SDK to integrate with external systems. The Space data model can be expanded with custom fields, and in the future JetBrains developers plan to add the ability to automate processes using scripts on Kotlin, and develop full-fledged plug-ins for the self-hosted version.
Product Launch and Plans
Space already has:
Git repository hosting
In the near future, they plan to open for early access participants: