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Re: Subversion, decentralized version control, and the future.

From: Justin Erenkrantz <justin_at_erenkrantz.com>
Date: 2007-06-29 05:45:29 CEST

On 6/28/07, Giovanni Bajo <rasky@develer.com> wrote:
> And this time (if you allow me my humble two cent) get it right and cut the
> development time down to 1/10th by using a more evolved language than C.
> Python comes to mind, but anything would do.

One thing I'd hope we avoid with "Subversion 2.0" is second system
syndrome and such a desire smacks of it.

Moving away from C means we'd most likely remove all reasonable
extensibility mechanisms. One of the reasons that I view SVN as a
success is that we made it fairly simple for third-parties to
integrate with SVN - C is by far the best language for that.

Rewriting all of Subversion in Python/C++/Java/Ruby is also *way*
easier said than done. As we discussed at the summit, I don't have a
problem with the higher-level parts - such as the command-line client
- being implemented in Python which wraps around C libraries. But,
libsvn_wc, libsvn_repos, etc. only being accessible via Python? Yuck.
 -- justin

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