December 16, 2004

Practical Subversion: A New Book From Apress

Julie Miller writes "Berkeley, CAâ16 December 2004 - In February 2004, there was a revolution in the world of version control. After almost four years of development, Subversion 1.0 was released to the acclamation of many CVS users and developers. Intended as a replacement for CVS, Subversion is quickly gaining attention as a powerful and convenient utility for managing large and small code bases alike. While similar to CVS, Subversion offers many improvements over its predecessor, some of the most important being the ability to version entire trees of metadata, excellent support for binary data, and a simple design for sharing the repository over a network.

In his 1 October 2004 Java Watch column, Allen Holub endorsed Subversion, saying ââ¦Iâm impressed by Subversion. It really is a better CVS. If youâre still using CVS, I strongly recommend making the switch.â

Not intended as a primer on version control, but to ensure that programmers gain a complete understanding of Subversion, Apress has published Practical Subversion, by Garrett Rooney, a Subversion contributor and advocate.

According to the author, ââ¦in this day and age, when powerful open source version control tools are free for all to use, I canât understand how people can stand to use systems that can at best be classified as subpar. I hope that the answer is that they simply donât know any better, and if that is the case, then this book can help.â

Highlights of Practical Subversion:

⢠Extensive discussion of Subversionâs array of repository administration features
⢠Insight into Subversion internals and using the Subversion APIâs
⢠Coverage of advanced features such as Subversionâs ability to tightly integrate with the Apache Web server
⢠Thoughtful comparisons of Subversion and other version control systems

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Apress Authors: The Expertâs Voiceâ¢

Garrett Rooney is a senior software engineer at FactSet Research Systems in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he works in the real-time news group. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a degree in computer science, after narrowly avoiding ending up as a mechanical engineer. Over the past few years, he has contributed to a variety of open source projects, but lately the vast majority of his recreational programming time has been taken up by his work on the Subversion project. In addition to contributing to Subversion itself, he has written about using the Subversion client libraries for the OâReilly Network and spoken about Subversion best practices at OSCON.


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Practical Subversion
Garrett Rooney
Published 15 November 2004 * ISBN: 1-59059-290-5 * $34.99 * 336 pages

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