Although one could have guessed otherwise, I've always been a happy Subversion user. Which former CVS user hasn't? But now I'm ready to take the next step. For some of my personal stuff I've been using Mercurial for more than a year, so I thought it was time to take …read more
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Subversion 1.5 on a medium sized project. Since there were more than 20 developers working on the project with some of them in a different country, there was no other way than to use feature branches extensively. We thought Subversion's merge …read more
In my projects, I've always been the one who took care of infrastructure, standardization and quality assurance from the development perspective. The funny thing is that I'm no admin and no QA guy, so most of it wasn't even my job. In this article, I'm going to list a few …read more
Externals definitions are a little known but very useful feature of subversion. Using an externals definition, you can create links to different parts of the repository (or even other repositories). Subversion clients then automatically check out the linked content into your working copy.
How this works is best explained with …read more
Once in a while, someone commits a revision that has to be rolled back later for some reason. Some teams do that as a matter of policy when people check in broken code that doesn't compile or isn't able to run all test cases successfully. Since Subversion (and similar revision …read more
The Revision Control System (RCS) is one of the ancestors of modern versioning systems like Subversion. It lacks many of the features its successors provide, such as assigning tags to a set of files, but in some environments it is still very useful. RCS requires no server or central repository …read more