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Re: Big companies using Subversion ?

From: Mark <mark_at_mitsein.net>
Date: 2006-09-14 20:36:43 CEST

In my company, the COTS solution is far from $250
(Clearcase/Clearquest). While CC has its place with clearmake and
features like wink-ins, vob replication, etc, svn has a great place
in the company for lightweight and agile distributed development.
From an admin point of view, it is much easier to admin svn
repositories than it is to admin clearcase vobs. And the hardware you
need is much cheaper - CC is a hog.

On 9/14/06, Sheryl <gubydala@his.com> wrote:
> Grant Rettke wrote:
> > Hi Sheryl, totally understood.
>
> Actually, not quite, I think.
>
> > One approach is to hire commodity
> > developers, stick with commodity technologies, and minimize risks.
>
> "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" as an old boss used to say. :-)
>
> > Another approach is to hire excellent developers, rely on your
> > developers to make technical decisions, and in doing so minimize risk.
> > The first one is probably easier.
>
> First, in small shops especially, sometimes you don't figure out your
> developer wasn't as excellent as he thought he was until he moves on and
> you try to maintain what he left behind.
>
> Also, it isn't just a technical decision, it's a business decision. I've
> seen a lot of talented people spend thousands of dollars of company time
> to put together a "free" solution when the alternative would be to spend
> $250 on something off-the-shelf. To the developer, it's often because
> it's fun, or because they get fixated on the up-front dollar cost and
> don't consider the cost of their time to implement. But to the manager,
> it might just be a diversion from work directly related to the mission.
>
> I'm not saying that subversion is such a solution, I'm just trying to make
> a case for why a manager has a legitimate reason to inquire into *why* his
> people would choose one solution over another.
>
> Sheryl
>
>
>
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-- 
Mark
"Blessed is he who finds happiness in his own foolishness, for he will
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