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Re: My preferred version control system is...

by sasdrtx (Friar)
on May 16, 2008 at 15:12 UTC ( #686933=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My preferred version control system is...

I've really only used Clearcase and Subversion, plus some mainframe (MVS) tools that range from decent to horrific. Clearcase may be the most superterrific software product in the world, but it was horribly complicated to use. Subversion is nice, easy, friendly, and suits me just great. I use svn on personal projects, even though no one else is likely to work on them. Having a version history is the main value of a change-control-system to me. I also use it to track changes to /etc on my home systems.

And, of course, it has the coolest name. (Git? Git out!).


sas


Comment on Re: My preferred version control system is...
Re^2: My preferred version control system is...
by apl (Monsignor) on May 16, 2008 at 16:52 UTC
    Clearcase may be the most superterrific software product in the world, but it was horribly complicated to use.
    Thanks for saying that; I thought I was alone in the universe.

    When ClearCase was brought in-house, all the programmers were given a class in how to use it. With disturbing frequency, the instuctor (a fellow employee) kept telling us to revise the hand-outs we'd been given.

    I finally asked why there were so many errors. "It's out-of-date documentation; we were given a good price for it!".

    *Brrrr*

      We switched from Clearcase to Accurev and we don't regret it so far.

Re^2: My preferred version control system is...
by Nkuvu (Priest) on May 16, 2008 at 18:18 UTC

    I've only used ClearCase and Subversion as well. And ClearCase was my first version control system I'd ever used, so I didn't have a very good basis for comparison.

    But I do have to say that I had decent results with using ClearCase. The 'find' and 'describe' commands were complex enough to write Perl scripts as a wrapper, which led to additional scripts that would do things like listing which files changed between given labels. In short, I found that ClearCase was fairly easy to deal with on the command line, and haven't yet gotten up to speed on the same level with Subversion.

    But what I'm really curious about is why a given version control system is better than another. Hmm. Maybe a Meditation-worthy question (but pretty OT to Perl itself).

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