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[Subclipse-users] Basic Questions

From: Rhino <rhino1_at_sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2011 20:34:19 -0500


I'm thinking seriously about starting to use Subclipse within Eclipse
3.7 but I know almost nothing about Subclipse so I'm trying to get more
information before doing something that is going to backfire on me. I
should mention that I am a "one man shop", not part of a company or
organization where several people are collaborating on projects. But I
think version control would still be valuable for even my tiny
operation, even if I'm the only one checking things in and out. And my
operation could always grow with a bit of luck.

I've started by looking for Subclipse tutorial and have skimmed a few
different ones. If I'm understanding them correctly, Subclipse depends
on TortoiseSVN being installed somewhere because Subclipse is just an
Eclipse client for TortoiseSVN. Is that right? In other words,
TortoiseSVN and nothing else needs to be the backend for Subclipse, if I
can put it in those terms.

I have no objection to installing TortoiseSVN except that the current
version, which seems to be 1.7, requires that I have SP3 on Windows XP.
I only have SP2 and for a variety of reasons, this is not a good time
for me to upgrade to SP3, although I do hope to do it in a few months.
Or maybe I'll just leap right to Windows7 at that point. Can anyone
tell me the newest version of TortoiseSVN that still works okay on SP2
and where I can find a safe copy of that version?

I know that one of the central ideas of all the version control tools
like Subclipse is that programs or even just documents are stored in
repositories. I gather that those repositories can be almost anywhere
and could be just a directory on my own computer or could be a folder on
a remote server. One of the things I want to accomplish by using version
control is to have a backup of key files that will survive any kind of
catastrophe that might afflict my own computer, like a hard drive crash,
so I'm leaning toward storing my data on a remote server rather than on
my own computer. What options do I have for storing my data on remote
servers, ideally free ones since money is tight and I'd like to avoid
costs for services like file hosting.

If there are no places that offer free (and secure!) file hosting for
repositories, I might just use one of my old computers for that purpose.
I could free up some space on their hard drives and access them via my
in-house network. That's not quite as secure - the house could always
burn down! - but, then again, the building containing a remote server
could also be leveled by a natural disaster so maybe it all comes out in
the wash....

I'll stop here for the moment. I have additional confusions about
various aspects of Subclipse but I want to get the questions I've asked
here sorted out first.

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