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RE: Binary documentation in SVN?

From: Nick Seigal <nickseigal_at_iinet.com>
Date: 2005-02-04 20:12:58 CET

> Yeah, maybe it's different for others, but I was just thinking how a
> typical change request might be handled in our company. The customer
> says "that icon is too blue, make it greener" and Chris, who receives
> this feedback, creates an entry in our ticket tracking system and
> assigns it to Niko. Niko reads the request, updates his working copy,
> changes the icon's color, checks it in, and that would be the end of
> it. I think this is what would typically happen. We don't
> change images
> in our projects very often at all, and when we do, the change request
> would be assigned to a person, and the person would resolve it.
> If, by means of some strange cosmic rays, there were another ticket
> open about that same icon at the same time saying "that icon is
> offensive in my culture, change it" and it were assigned to Thomas,
> then two individuals would be working on changes to the same
> icon, but neither of the changes would be sufficient -- the version
> Niko checked in is now green but is still offensive, and the version
Thomas is
> working on is no longer offensive but is still blue. When
> Thomas tries to check in his icon he gets a conflict, and he opens Niko's
> version of the icon to see what Niko changed. He sees that all that
> changed is the color (maybe checking the log message to confirm that
> observation), so he modifies his new inoffensive icon so that it matches
Niko's green
> and checks it in, and that's the end of that chapter.

Thanks for the clarification Ryan. I think the situation may be different
in my organization. As far as the general discussion goes, I think (as
always) that the effective use of Subversion is made up of 50% knowing the
tool and accepting the paradigm, 50% the nature of the work the organization
does, and 50% the process policies adopted in the organization. That's what
I love about Subversion, it gives 150% all the time! ;o)

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