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Fwd: Appreciation. Thank you.

From: Jack Repenning <jrepenning_at_collab.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2008 19:28:18 -0800

Hey, Subversion Devs -

Here's a very nice note we received from a very satisfied Subversion
convert. As you all know better than anyone, Subversion's success
comes from Subversion's community. We're just the midwives ;-) I
notice that, even though the sender addressed the message to us, he
got the actual attributions right: Subversion first.

So, "appreciation" and "thanks" delivered to all of you, where it

Begin forwarded message:

> Subject: Appreciation. Thank you.
> Hi.
> Working as Software Engineer, couple of months ago I was sollely
> responsible for moving database over 60, 000 revisions from Source
> Safe to Subversion. I had no previous experience in managing and
> administering of Source Control Systems, but one thing that I knew
> for sure is that Source Safe is a mess.
> It was a mess because almost each day our network guy needed to
> reboot it or do something to it, and that is not mentioning the
> "file lock" mentality that everyone was used to, which in my
> opinion, truly limits team work, and paralyzes production and
> application life cycle to its maximum.
> This is a thank you letter, and appreciation, to Subversion Idea as
> whole, and to people who implemented it. From simple merge, to
> simultaneous editing ability, to infinite pre and post commit hooks
> that only ones imagination is a boundary of how to use it,
> Subversion is great.
> I noticed several things after the conversion.
> One of them, and the obvious one, is that Subversion Server never
> crashed, leaving developers at a loss.
> Another thing, as as an observer, I noticed that people's mentality
> is hard to change. Some people in our company were so used to
> locking files, that the idea of not-locking files, and simultaneous
> editing of a single file, seemed like a threat and fear. Even after
> i have done the presentation, and explained everything, things were
> far from normal.
> In summary, thank you Subversion, thank you CollabNet.

Jack Repenning
Chief Technology Officer
CollabNet, Inc.
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Received on 2008-12-03 04:28:37 CET

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