What's on Jason's Hard Drive
Subject:   Why use the revision control system?
Date:   2006-11-07 08:41:24
From:   p2pvoice
Response to: Why use the revision control system?

Jason, this article may indeed change my life. I constanly struggle with how to organize information - what you techies call taxonomy. The beauty of your heirarchical file structure and naming convention is its simplicity. I found this aspect of article more useful to me than the fact that you use Preforce!

That leads me to two questions:

1. What benefits do you get from from the "revision control" aspect of Preforce?

2. Is there a similar "personal document manager" that would do the job?

Thank Jason.!
(I'll be thinking of you all through the holiday season when I commit myself to organize virtually.

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  • Jason Hunter photo Why use the revision control system?
    2006-11-07 14:52:37  Jason Hunter | O'Reilly Author [View]


    There are several reasons I've evolved my system to use a revision control system.

    1. First and foremost, not all files in my repository are write once. Many are, but not all (think resume.doc). Plus I store my active coding projects in the repository.

    2. Easy replication. Makes it easy to have copies of each file in every client. Something like a RAID or backup system doesn't help here. (The job for a RAID is to host the Perforce server.)

    3. I want something that works across operating systems and across decades. Revision control is well understood, reliable, prevalent, and here for the long term.