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feature request: Show size of delta on Log Messages dialog

From: Jim Bolla <jbolla_at_dnserie.net>
Date: 2006-09-06 17:31:43 CEST

    A useful feature for our team to have added to TortoiseSVN would be
another column in the 2 list controls (Revisions and Files) on the "Log
Messages" dialog. This column would be called "Delta" and would be an
indication of the size of the changes between that revision and the
previous. The unit of measure could be either lines or bytes...
modified/added/deleted (summated).

    This would hep us in 2 ways. The first is in doing code review on a
per-commit basis; knowing the delta size would help the reviewer
anticipate the amount of effort required for the review. Secondly, we
are trying to promote "small atomic commits" as recommended as a
Subversion best practice. Having some kind of metric out front to help
guage this would help our team generate some feedback towards this goal.
Our team could then ask "How are we doing on small/atomic commits as
compared to earlier?" and "How come this commit required such a large
modification? What about our codebase should be changed to mitigate this
in the future?" This feature could improve both our use of Subversion
and even our development practices.

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Received on Wed Sep 6 22:19:28 2006

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