Farewell Sibbell for Business, Hello Dependencies.io

A few months ago we introduced Sibbell for Business. The idea was simple: put a YAML file in your repo indicating the GitHub repos that are most important to you, and Sibbell will create issues to let you know when new versions are available. You could then deal with them however you please.

Today, we’re letting our users know that we will be removing Sibbell for Business over the next few weeks.

When we decided to build the Sibbell GitHub integration, we kept things intentionally simple. While we still feel good about the reasons for doing so, we’ve come to realize that it was a little too simple — especially when trying to convince people it is worth paying for.

In the previous post introducing Sibbell for Business, I wrote that:

Sure, at some point we do hope to be able to automatically detect and intelligently help you keep track of and update everything you need. It would be great to have some tool that you immediately install on every project, with almost zero-configuration and instantly reap the benefits of having a no-hassle, 100% up-to-date, secure, and sustainable repo. In our opinion, nobody has gotten this right yet, because it ain’t easy.

Well, I’m happy to say that since then, due to some new technologies, know-how, and experience, we feel that we’ve finally come up with a system that can get us there.

Dependencies.io is what I’ve always wanted Sibbell to become, ever since it was conceived as a personal side-project. It can parse your requirements/dependency files in your repo, for any language or package system, and intelligently notify you or even perform the updates.

We’re able to do this by leveraging Docker containers. Containers provide a unique level of isolation which we think is perfect for building a powerful, modular, and extensible platform. Not only can we accommodate nearly any language with containers, but we can also support custom dependency workflows for our customers. The result is a single service for you to install, learn, and manage that can handle any of your dependency-related tasks.

Once you set it up for the first time, you’ll realize just how much time is spent wrangling and manually updating your ever-growing web of interconnected projects. With a system to actually automate that work, you can quickly remove hours of tedious tasks and create better habits in the process.

Dependencies.io is currently in “early access”, while we finalize pricing and our initial set of Docker containers.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

The future of Sibbell

Although we’re removing Sibbell for Business, we don’t have any plans to get rid of the free or Pro version of Sibbell, which is mostly used by individuals. A surprising number of people use Sibbell every day, and although the cost to us is fairly significant, we aren’t ready to let that go. Do not be surprised though if you see dependencies.io being actively promoted in Sibbell, as we think it’s a natural next step for anyone who wants to take their dependency management to the next level.