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Re: Subversion vs. Perforce

From: Jim Sokoloff <jim_at_sokoloff.com>
Date: 2003-09-10 22:19:37 CEST

On Wed, 10 Sep 2003, Barry Scott wrote:
> The questions that I and my coworkers ask is this:

> 1. Is Subversion features better then we have with SourceSafe? Answer
> today? Yes, YES!

> 2. Would you bet the business on Subversion? Answer today: No, not stable
> enough.

I think betting the business on VSS is a way worse proposition!

Having just had a major SourceSafe data hiccup^H^H^H^H^H^H
corruption, we now have the mandate to move us off of SourceSafe
by end-of-year (for source code at least).

> 3. Can you build tools on top of its API's? Answer today: No. We need docs
> of the python API to SVN and we need examples.

Agreed in an ideal world, but as of Friday, I didn't know ANY
Python and hadn't run anything beyond the most trivial example
usages of svn. It's not that hard to figure out from the examples
which are there, even though there could be more.

> We have a SCM built in Python on top of SourceSafe that allows to do
> complete engineering

Admittedly I don't know the extent of your scripting of VSS now,
but if you managed to figure that all out from the VSS documentation
and quirky command line, you can do the same with svn.


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