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Re: Web Interfaces (was Re: Newbie Questions)

From: Paul Koning <pkoning_at_equallogic.com>
Date: 2006-01-09 01:19:41 CET

>>>>> "Holger" == Holger Stratmann <tigris@finch.de> writes:

 Holger> Paul Koning wrote:
>> After getting the Insurrection complaints I then looked further,
>> and looked at ViewVC (formerly ViewCVS), and ended up selecting
>> that as our browser tool. The V1.0-dev version has decent
>> Subversion support. Yes, it doesn't add a whole lot, but then
>> again Subversion is in many ways similar to CVS ("culturally
>> compatible" -- "just like CVS but without the design errors")
 Holger> Yes, it "works", there's no doubt and no complaints about
 Holger> that. However, I found one "big difference" between CVS and
 Holger> Subversion - a "cultural difference" :-) IMHO, CVS is "file
 Holger> centric" (who changed a specific file and when) while
 Holger> Subversion is "revision centric" (who did anything and what
 Holger> was it?). That's one of the main reasons I prefer Subversion
 Holger> over CVS and I just have a strong feeling that WebSVN was
 Holger> written with this idea in mind while ViewVC was just made
 Holger> "Subversion compatible" but uses none of its additional
 Holger> features...

Mostly true. Then again, given that we have a team which has used CVS
for 4 years and is changing over to Subversion as I write this, having
a browser that has a CVS-like style is actually a benefit in our case.

>> IOW "who made changes since the last good build of our code?"
 Holger> Yes, exactly. How do you find out in CVS and how do you find
 Holger> out in ViewVC? In Subversion (command line), this is as
 Holger> simple as "svn log [trunk]". It tells me exactly who made the
 Holger> last changes and what they wrote about them. I expect *at
 Holger> least* that of a "GUI".

 Holger> In WebSVN, every single file and (!) every directory has a
 Holger> "log"-link which shows exactly that. I have not found that in
 Holger> ViewVC - directories have no dates and no history... (when I
 Holger> last checked)

It does now. Very nice. It also has a "view a revision" by revision


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