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Re: Version control? You're soaking in it!

From: Jacob Atzen <jacob_at_aub.dk>
Date: 2005-05-05 12:45:22 CEST

On Tue, May 03, 2005 at 06:39:43PM -0500, John Burwell wrote:
> Because my team is not as eager as I am to jump in with subversion,
> I'm trying to think of a way I could begin using it to manage my own
> contributions without their immediate participation.
> Currently, we all work out of a shared directory, making local copies
> of files we're working on, then copying those back to the server.

Could you describe this a little more elaborately? To me it sounds
totally impossible to work on anything which includes code in this way?
Doesn't your project contain code?


> So... those of you with a mischievous streak... should I go for it?

I agree with the people voting for "be honest about it" and not sneaking
things in. If you sneak things in your colleagues will most likely lose
some respect for you and also they may move in the opposite direction
simply because you "forced" something upon them.

There's one aspect of this whole source-control thing that (to my
surprise) no one so far has touched upon: The problem of concurrent work
on the same files. I'm not sure how you manage this in your current
setup, but from my experience it's a pain even with small teams of 2-3
people, copying files back and forth, making sure nobody is stomping on
eachothers work. And this to me is the number one killer feature of a
source control system like Subversion. The ability to work without
having to worry.

I suggest you start by identifying the single most painful operation in
your current setup. Then you figure out how to do this operation less
painfully using Subversion. And the prepare and do a demonstration to
your colleagues showing how much easier things can be with

To be able to help further we probably need to hear more details about
your setup and also what position you take in the team.

- Jacob Atzen
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Received on Thu May 5 12:47:09 2005

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