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Re: [w] Re: bringing version control into the company [semi-OT]

From: Christian Sauer <christian_at_endrun.org>
Date: 2004-02-04 19:34:47 CET

On Wed, Feb 04, 2004 at 09:40:51AM +0100, Kai Bartels wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 03, 2004 at 06:35:37PM -0600, Dave Rolsky wrote:
> > On Wed, 4 Feb 2004, Jamie Wilkinson wrote:
> >
> > > This one time, at band camp, Christian Sauer wrote:
> > > >* "I don't want to do anything differently than I do now"
> > > >* "I don't want to use another program for managing the files"
> > >
> > > Revision control is always different than non-revision control. That's
> >
> > In fact, isn't that the whole point of using revision control? You're
> > solving a problem by doing something different. Problems aren't usually
> > solved by doing things exactly the same way ;)
> Maybe this is a key point here: You have to have a problem _and_ you have
> to be aware of it before you think of solving it.
> Maybe Christians Designers are not aware of having a problem? Maybe they
> don't even have a problem? :^)
> just my e.02, Kai

First off, just wanted to say thanks for all the advice in this thread!

To Kai's question re: designers not aware of a problem ... well they
certainly got smacked upside the head with it this morning. A developer
was making a long term change to a website and some of the changes were
sitting on the DEV server. A designer came along, make a quick change to
one page, and proceeded to push the site from DEV to STAGE to LIVE. End
result: a borked website sitting on the live servers. Took two hours to
fix (due to other "inconsistencies" with our work flow process). During
this time, I was talking with the designer and explaining how with version
control this would have gone alot smoother (the developer's incomplete changes
would have been in their local wc). He agreed (finally!) that something did
have to change in our system ... even if that meant doing these differently.

I guess they just needed "a moment of clarity". :)


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