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Re: Working across the continents

From: Daniel Patterson <danpat_at_danpat.net>
Date: 2006-02-27 11:23:29 CET

Suu Quan wrote:
> I'm dropping Subversion, based on what you said (and also some other
> people's assessments). It's just an academic attempt anyway, from the
> grass root. Management hasn't bought in to anything yet. Changing tools
> is labor intensive, so that's an uphill battle.
>

   "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" eh? I hear you though, I've
   worked in places like that before. Clearcase is so intrusive into
   the day-to-day activities that after a time, it becomes very difficult
   to remove.

   Development with Subversion is certainly much more lightweight. We
   did some studies at work to compare an average week using Clearcase
   vs using Subversion. The Clearcase developer spent around 5 hours
   a week, just waiting for Clearcase to do it's thing (our 450MB
   codebase takes around 35 minutes to checkout over a fast LAN).
   However, the lack of built-in merge tracking, and the command-line
   nature of the tools to help solve that (svnmerge, etc) were too big
   a hurdle. The GUI that Clearcase provides lets lots of people who
   don't really know what they're doing stumble through many tasks
   (merging, etc). To achieve the same with Subversion, you kind of
   still need to know what you're doing.

   Without merge tracking, Subversion can't replace Clearcase in big
   enterprise shops IMO.

daniel

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