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Re: Help me keep SVN

From: Ron W <ronw.mrmx_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:09:32 -0400

On Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 5:09 AM, Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>

> Subversion is a revision control tool, not a document sharing tool, and as
> such it requires a certain discipline to use it.
> ...
> For document sharing by non-technical users there are better solutions. I
> know nothing about One Drive, but Google Docs works well. All changes are
> saved automatically and if two users are editing the same doc they can each
> see the other's changes happening.

While some people have shared Google Docs documents with me for
collaborative editing, I am still dubious about third party cloud
solutions, especially for business use.

As for VCS vs DMS (document management system), my employer uses EasyDMS,
which is a shell extension for MS Windows (much like TSVN is a shell
extension). Having (out of necessity) used EasyDMS, I can tell you that its
mode of operation is that all interaction with documents is through the
shell extension. When a users double-clicks a document, EDMS makes a
read-only cache copy then launches the associated application. If a user
right-clicks and chooses Edit, EDMS will attempt to lock the document. If
successful, the cache copy will be writable. When the associated
application exits, EDMS saves a new version and unlocks the document. If
the user's PC goes off-line (becomes disconnected from the company LAN)
while editing (or otherwise before the new version is saved, the sync is
done automatically when the PC is online, again.

If a user wants certain documents available for offline access, she/he must
fetch (right-click "Read Offline") or check out (right-click "Edit
Offline") before disconnecting from the company LAN. (but users
"understand" that "going offline" requires "special preparation")

At least with EasyDMS, the key difference seems to be the restrictive user
interface that allows check-out and commit to be done behind the scenes.

The only other Enterprise DMS I've had to work with actually required more
steps for the users to check out and commit documents than TSVN does.


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