Hosting Google Code is very interesting. While, at first glance, the site really doesn't compare to Sourceforge, I think it's a really interesting offering:
- The Google Code issue tracker is very elegant. The tagging system is much, much smarter than what Bugzilla does.
- It will scale. Period. It's interesting to note that some of the biggest investment was on making subversion very scalable (see this interview). Anyone who has ever used Sourceforge knows that the performance of their version control is...less than stellar :-).
- Possibly the most interesting thing is the fact that very little infrastructure will be needed to make this service usable; it can just connect to what Google already has. Google Pages, GMail, Google Groups, Blogger and Writely all provide services that in other services would just be one-off hacks. The future of online interaction seems to be combinations of tools that do one thing and do it right into a powerful system. For example, I'm currently trying to convince the people running 15-211 at CMU (the Data Structures course which I TA) to use the combination of Blogger + Google Groups + Google Calendar rather than Blackboard, which is a content management / community system gone wrong. In order to create an integrated experience, I wrote a "portal" (read: 200 line asp.net hack) using the ATOM feeds provided by all three services. It's going to be really interesting to see what a company with so many offerings can do for open source