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Re: Commercial Users of Subversion: LET ME KNOW

From: John Szakmeister <john_at_szakmeister.net>
Date: 2004-07-22 02:13:00 CEST

I work for a government contracting facility. We develop everything from
hardware, to full-fledged software applications, all of which supports
mission-critical activities. We're currently using it on one of our most
productive teams, and houses about 3 years worth of work (for about 14
developers). We started off with CVS, and found that the customer was
constantly coming back with request for features and upgrades. Our small
test projects would turn into fully-funded applications, and as such, we
had to restructure them. It was just too painful with CVS, and we
decided to look for something better.

We found Subversion when it was at version 0.17. We started with just a
few developers using it, and then migrated our other developers over
time. I can say without question that it has been one of the best
decisions that we've made. Subversion works better than CVS ever did.
We can detect corruption before it gets to be a problem, we get atomic
commits, and directory versioning. All of which has made our development
process and our ability to adapt to the customers' ever-changing
requirements that much easier. Plus, it natively supports both the
Windows and Linux platforms (versus the mixing of CVS and CVSNT that we
had before), which is our primary development platforms. We've never
lost any data, and our developers have found it to be a very intuitive
tool. Subversion has been rock-solid in our environment, and very much
complements our software engineering practices. I can't speak highly
enough of it.

-John

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