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Re: Shared branch vs single branch

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_wandisco.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:55:56 +0200

On 23.09.2013 19:44, C M wrote:
> What are some of the pros/cons of using a single/shared branch versus
> the private developer branch?
> We are having an internal debate within the team where the idea of a
> single/shared branch was proposed in reaction to two specific issues:
> 1. In the merge to trunk from individual developer branches, some code
> was lost. It remains unclear whether it was user error on part of the
> person doing the merge or the tool which caused the problem. In at
> least one case, a file was partially merged.
> 2. The combined functionality (features assigned to two different
> developers) was not included in the final application build and
> delivery. In this case, the assignments were made months apart and one
> feature was delivered without the other.
> The expectation is that a shared/single branch will correct these
> issues. I am curious to know what advice others can offer and what (if
> any) potential issues we may experience with the new paradigm.

Changing the way you do branching will not solve your problems, since
the they're by tool but by lack of communication within the team, and
non-existent product management. User error will always happen, but
Subversion will not magically warn you about it. You need other quality
assurance procedures in place for that.

-- Brane

Branko Čibej | Director of Subversion
WANdisco // Non-Stop Data
e. brane_at_wandisco.com
Received on 2013-09-23 19:56:36 CEST

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