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Re: Opinions about SmartSVN versus TortoiseSVN versus Fisheye

From: Ken Liu <ken.liu_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 15:11:20 -0500


Fisheye is very different from SmartSVN and TortoiseSVN. TortoiseSVN and
and SmartSvn (and Subclipse) are simply GUI svn clients, used for typical
svn operations (check out/commit, branch/merge) on a workstation.

Fisheye is installed on a server, and scans the repository to generate the
"minutia". Some people do find this to be useful (especially for large
development teams). For instance, I like to be able to subscribe to an RSS
feed to see a changelog of all repository activity. Fisheye is not a full
svn client like TortoiseSvn in the sense that it doesn't support any commit
operations, only browsing. However, the data that it generates is much more
sophisticated than what you get from a simple change log. For instance you
can see a graph of # checkins over time. This would be useful if you had a
large development team that was working on several branches simultaneously
and were interested in finding out which branch had the most activity.

One differentiating feature of Fisheye is that it integrates with another
tool called Crucible, which then provides a web interface to perform code


On 12/31/07, Reedick, Andrew <jr9445_at_att.com> wrote:
> Anyone have any informed opinions about SmartSVN versus TortoiseSVN
> versus Fisheye? From what I can tell, SmartSVN is popular on the Mac
> because TortoiseSVN is Windows only, and Fisheye is TortoiseSVN plus
> data mining (the query language, notifications, stats.)
> We already use TortoiseSVN and the Eclipse SVN plug-in, so do SmartSVN
> and Fisheye have any features that make them worth adopting? (Or have
> features that can't be coded in 5 minutes by parsing 'svn log'?)
> I notice that none of them mention support for svnmerge.py (or any other
> kind of merge tracking.) And it may just be me, but I can't get excited
> about data-mining a SVN repository (defect/ticket/bug tracking is more
> useful than repository statistics/minutia.)
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