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Re: Opinions about SmartSVN versus TortoiseSVN versus Fisheye

From: Toby Thain <toby_at_smartgames.ca>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 19:38:57 -0200

On 4-Jan-08, at 6:11 PM, Ken Liu wrote:

> Andrew,
> 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.

There are simpler ways to get this. I have used an XSLT transform on
'svn log --xml', for example, updated by post-commit hook.

OTOH, I use FishEye too. :)

Go play around here if you want to see how FE works.


> 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 reviews.
> Ken
> 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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