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Re: Reality check

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2007-12-18 14:05:27 CET

On Dec 17, 2007 9:37 PM, Roy Franz <roy.lists@gmail.com> wrote:

> I personally think that some of these basic usability issues are much
> more important than offline operation, etc.

The only reason you can answer the question "which tags contain this
file?" so easily in CVS is because tags are based on labeling files.
The underlying RCS file has the list of tag-labels right there, ready
to go. The tradeoff, of course, is that creating tags becomes an O(N)
operation -- I've seen companies sit and wait for *hours* to make a
tag on big trees in CVS or Clearcase. So the new design isn't always
a "very visibile regression in usability", but is more like a game of
whack-a-mole. Make one thing easier, something else gets harder. :-)
  Though, maybe with a careful redesign, it's possible to whack both
moles at once...

You might want to read this, as it directly talks about your problem:

http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/trunk/notes/schema-tradeoffs.txt

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