JFrog has announced its Bintray social platform for the storage and distribution of software libraries. The cloud-based platform is offered to developers free of charge as a means of streamlining the process of making libraries publicly available with the services needed to deploy a piece of software.
JFrog CTO Yoav Landman is not afraid of making grandiose claims and says that Bintray is the "holy grail" that has been missing from the software lifecycle. "For the first time, we have an open, interactive platform that strengthens the relationship between the software publisher and the consumer community and amplifies the developer identity," he said.
Bintray is in public beta just now and currently includes support for major repository formats: Yum, Debian, and Apache Maven. The product also makes peer experiences and tips, consumer feedback, statistics, and rankings obtainable.
CEO of JFrog Shlomi Ben Haim says that Bintray has an open and interactive interface that presents user libraries that can be stocked with binary downloads, followed by other users and shared within the community.
"In today's world, no one consumes anything without listening to the community voice first — and the same goes for developers. Bintray is the first platform that offers a social hub to host and distribute binaries. It is JFrog's natural next step in revolutionizing the way binaries are consumed and distributed.
"With JFrog's first product Artifactory, we changed the way binaries are sourced and managed; now we're improving the way they are published. Not only will this community vehicle improve the distribution of software packages, it will also improve the distribution of information," he added.