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Re: general questions

From: David Chapman <dcchapman_at_acm.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:17:13 -0700

On 9/10/2012 12:31 PM, John Maher wrote:
> Thanks Dave, that was helpful.
> I saw the svn prefix in the book but didn't know what it meant. Your
> explanation was good.
> The scripts are a good idea, but I was thinking about a gui for the
> client side, kinda like Subversion Edge; basically a wrapper for the
> command line. Even though my first computer didn't have a mouse (or
> hard drive) the gui is the way to go, typing commands is just not the
> future. I may start something to make my job easier. I think HTML
> would benefit the most people. But I need to learn a lot more first.

Hmm, my first personal computer had a hexadecimal keypad and 256 bytes
(not even kilobytes!) of memory. :-)

Scripts (aka typing) allow repeatability. A GUI that allows you to
specify a set of options for every repository can be helpful, but down
inside it will be doing the same thing as a script - and a script is
easier to customize or debug when the existing tools don't do what you
need. Also, scripts don't disappear if the GUI goes down. For this
reason many sysadmins prefer scripts over GUI-based tools, and I don't
see this ever changing. As a result, I can't help you find a GUI that
will help you administer your repositories.

TortoiseSVN is a client-side GUI for Windows-based machines but I
haven't used it. I don't know how close it comes to meeting your needs.

     David Chapman      dcchapman_at_acm.org
     Chapman Consulting -- San Jose, CA
     Software Development Done Right.
Received on 2012-09-10 22:17:53 CEST

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