My last post was about a little open source monorail project I've been playing with. One of the cool things I discovered while looking for somewhere to put it was google code project hosting. I really like subversion which is one of the two options for source control on google code, the other being CVS. With the tortoise svn client which integrates with windows explorer, handling source is a really nice experience.
All this made me think that source code hosting might make sense for commercial projects too. Most people no longer host their web servers, so why host your source repository? Of course you've got to trust your hosting company if you're asking them to look after the company's crown jewels, but imagine the savings and lack of hassle. Quite a few projects I've worked on have had 'issues' with Source Safe and often there's quite an overhead to manage the source repository itself. Now that's probably got something to do with the fact that Source Safe is a crap product. But why do something you don't have to? I don't have any recommendations for subversion hosting companies, but there seem to be plenty out there. It's something I'm certainly going to look into next time I'm responsible for putting in place a source control strategy.