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Re: Subversion vs AccuRev

From: Purple Streak <mrpurplestreak_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 12:34:30 +0100

2009/10/11 Andreas Magnusson <andreas.ch.magnusson_at_home.se>:
> Well', I've had to use AccuRev at work, and I just don't like it. First
> of all they seemed to have to redefine all the actions we're used to.
> Like "Delete". Uh uh, it cannot be named "Delete", so we call it
> "Defunct". Now, all you Americans probably have a good graps what that
> really means, but why not call it "Delete"?
> They have a bad UI, a bad Eclipse integration and no working Windows
> Explorer integration (on a 64-bit version that is).
> Subversion has it all. I've come to the conclusion that to gauge the
> maturity of a SCM product *on Windows* simply see if they have a working
> Windows Explorer integration for 64-bit XP/Vista.
> Oh, and these streams with "auto-merge", pure evil. Because everything
> works automatically until you have a merge conflict, then you have to do
> it by hand anyway. So why not merge/synch when you feel up for it/ready?
> That way you know to look for conflicts, instead of having to fire up
> the UI, and look for overlaps, oh, and don't forget to look for
> deep-overlaps also. There is probably a good *technical* reason for the
> two, but as a user I just don't care.

We had a good look at SCM systems before moving to SVN and had similar
views. Accurev has a lot of promise, but it costs a lot and for us
the UI just wasn't there, it's just not very usable (which is a shame
as I think the whole eclipse ui was quite new. They should just sit
and watch new users try to use it). I could just imagine people
coming to me and complaining that they can't use and don't understand
it so why did we pay $1000s for it. I _think_ there's an almost really
good backend there (but again needs some tweaks so you can reuse names
of streams/workspaces) but it just doesn't quite warrant the price

The terminology is just different from anything else for no reason
sometimes (streams vs branches I almost get, but the rest if just
gratuitous change).


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