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RE: Subversion vs. Clear Case

From: Georg Viehöver <viehoever_at_sigma-c.de>
Date: 2005-07-04 19:50:55 CEST

Good analysis. I worked with CC for several years, and I am working now with SVN+Tortoise (not SVK). Some remarks:

- I believe CC snapshot views require online connection as well

- Integration into Dev-Tools: there is also a commercial SCC-provider for SVN (pushok.com). Initially, our developers, who where used to Visual Source Safe and Visual Studio, insisted on using it. Most have now switched to Tortoise (very much to my surprise), because operation is much more transparent. AnkhSVN is only a very basic integration.

- Integration with Office: Tortoise will give you the same features in any file dialog in office as it gives you in the explorer (file dialog are only special version of the explorer). What CC gives you in addition to that is a macro that will do a diff directly in Word, and the rather elegant (and obscure) access to any file version via "@@"-filenames.

- I liked the tools coming with CC. The merge tool is strong and knows about text as well as about XML, you have a version tree browser, and merges are logged (merge arrows). SVN still has some way to go to have similar tools.

- Remote Access without Client: CC-Web is only usable for very small changes, not as a replacement for the full client.

- All in all: CC may be excellent if you have a large group of developers and a good IT team. The CC-features that may be the selling point for larger teams is "process-support" (UCM, RUP), Integration with other IBM-Rational tools (Rose, Requisite Pro etc.), and Merge Logging. Small groups of developers can certainly live with SVN.


PS: I wonder if somebody would endeavor to write such a diff macro for Word and SVN... Can't be too difficult.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gabor Szabo [mailto:szabgab@gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, July 04, 2005 1:02 PM
> To: Subversion List
> Subject: Subversion vs. Clear Case
> A potential client is evaluating Subversion vs Clear Case.
> Someone in their organization wrote up a comparison in Hebrew
> and asked me to look over the text. Instead of just giving
> feedback on my own I decided (with their agreement) to
> translate the document and ask the opinion of the wider CM community.
> I'd reall appreciate (on their behalf as well) feedback to
> this document.
> http://www.pti.co.il/clearcase_vs_subversion.html
> In the source of the above file there are a number of
> comments I made.
> You can comment on them as well.
> thanks in advance
> Gabor
> ps.
> I asked the same question on CM CrossRoads 2 days ago.
> If you are interested reading the responses, here is the link:
> http://www.cmcrossroads.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Number=46780

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