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Re: Branches and tags

From: Miha Vitorovic <mvitorovic_at_nil.si>
Date: 2005-06-03 09:17:23 CEST

Hi all,

Having started this thread (well, my response to a question did), I have a
confession to make :-) When I was deciding upon versioning system, I knew
nothing about them, and I simply chose Subversion, because I heard a lot
about CVS, and Subversion is a "better CVS". So, Subversion was chosen,
and I began reading the book to see how to do things, but as things
usually go in our line of work, there is never enough time. So I skipped
most of the details in chapter 4. I started with it, because I wanted to
understand the trunk/branches/tags concept, but when the book started to
be very detailed, I decided to "read it later", and "get to know it, as I
go along".

My other reason was also the fact, that I knew right from the beginning,
that I will be using Eclipse/Subclipse, and not using the command line at
all. I see now that I must still use the command line occasionally, but I
was looking more for a clarification of the concept, than for examples. I
confess that this was my mistake, and that I forgot how much I have
actually read back then. So I went back now, and realized "Hey! There's
plenty of examples." I'll read it now, and see if I can make any
suggestions, but then again, I am myself "tainted" by the fact, that I
already know how Subversion works (basic concepts, anyway).

Maybe some more effort could be put into making the concept as clear as
possible in the first couple of pages (for impatient readers like me), and
then proceed with examples. And (again for people like me) you could put
the revision number in the "directory tree" pictures, so that you don't
force people to parse the output of the commands until they need to; and
to make it easier for the people who "just look at the pictures" ;)


  Miha Vitorovic
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Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman@collab.net> wrote on 03.06.2005 04:08:25:
> On Jun 2, 2005, at 8:42 PM, Paul Wayper wrote:
> >>
> > Having had to learn Subversion recently, I can relate to this.  I 
> > would add that one way that the book could be improved in this 
> > regard is to have one or two examples that are consistently pursued 
> > through the book.  For instance, having the example of a calculator 
> > program, and using the example of the writing of the Subversion 
> > book, would be developed and expanded over the course of the book. 
> > This means that the reader can absorb the detail about the example 
> > gradually, rather than having to intuit a lot about the current 
> > example from context.
> Thanks for the feedback.
> It's interesting... chapter 4 *does* have one example running through 
> it, for explaining branching and merging.  But you're saying it 
> should run through all the chapters?
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