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Subversion Version Control: Using the Subversion Version Control System in Development Projects 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0131855182
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From the Back Cover

In any software development project, many developers contribute changes over a period of time. Using a version control system to track and manage these changes is vital to the continued success of the project. This book introduces you to Subversion, a free, open-source version control system, which is both more powerful and much less complex than its predecessor CVS.

In this practical, hands-on guide, you will learn how to use Subversion and how to effectively merge a version control system within your development process. As a seasoned Subversion user, William Nagel draws on lessons learned through trial and error, providing useful tips for accomplishing tasks that arise in day-to-day software development. Nagel clearly explains how to expand on the built-in abilities of Subversion, making the system work better for you. He organizes Subversion commands by activity to allow for quick task reference. Using example scripts and configurations, he also includes development approaches that you can customize to fit your own environment.

Inside, you will find

  • A guide to installing Subversion on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.
  • A tutorial walkthrough of Subversion, from creating your first repository to basic branching and merging.
  • A detailed look at the most important Subversion client commands, as well as properties, user configuration, and integration with a variety of external tools.
  • A guide to repository administration and organization, including repository security and migration from another version control system.
  • An in-depth look at automation in Subversion, including using hook scripts, metadata, and the Subversion API, plus example scripts.
  • Case studies that examine both archetypal and real-world projects and their use of Subversion.
  • A Subversion command reference for fast access to essential technical information.
  • Details on Subversion's many advanced features, such as its Apache-integrated WebDAV server and database file storage system.

Whether you are an administrator, project manager, or software developer, Subversion Version Control will show you how to realize the full potential of Subversion.

About the Author

William Nagel is the chief software engineer for Stage Logic, LLC, a small technology development company, where he splits his time between designing real-time middleware systems and seeking new ways to improve and streamline Stage Logic's development process. After suffering one too many frustrations with CVS, he spearheaded the company's early adoption of Subversion.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (May 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131855182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131855182
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,442,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Jewell on November 26, 2005
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This book covers all aspects of using Subversion: from setting up repositories, to daily usage, to administering the repositories that you created. There is also a section that explains how to configure the Apache web server to serve repositories. After reading the book, I truly had a good understanding of Subversion and how to use it effectively.

There is a minor precaution, however. This book only covers up to Subversion 1.1. Subversion 1.4 was recently released, so some newer functionality is not detailed. Although the book trails the current release of Subversion by a few releases, most of the enhancements are "behind the scenes", and don't affect how users interact with the repositories. (One feature that many people feel is important, the ability to lock files, was added in Subversion 1.2 and is therefore not covered.)

This book is an excellent introduction to almost all facets of Subversion, and I highly recommend it to Subversion novices. However, since it is slightly out of date in its feature coverage, I subtracted a star from the overall rating.
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This is a straightforward book on a straightforward topic. Subversion is an open-source version control (VC) system conceived as a replacement for CVS. While improving on CVS in a number of ways, it nonetheless feels comfortable and familiar to CVS users. Furthermore, because it avoids some of CVS's worst "gotchas", it's easier for VC novices to learn. Nagel writes this book for both of these audiences in a plain, easy to read style.

As expected, the book covers the basic concepts of VC software, offers comparisons between Subversion and several other VC systems, and discusses Subversion's command set in detail. But the most valuable part of the book are the numerous discussions throughout of practical approaches to working in a VC environment and to managing a Subversion repository. There's some great material on how VC practices and development methodologies affect each other, and there are some detailed case studies of individual companies and how they use Subversion -- right down to the details of the client software, repository layout, and automation scripts that they use. There's always a danger that a book documenting a specific software package will simply duplicate material that's already in the manual; that really doesn't happen here.

Prospective Subversion users -- whether they're coming from a CVS or SourceSafe environment, or if they're new to VC all together -- won't go wrong with this book.
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This is an excellent Subversion resource. Everything from administration through use and automation is covered. In addition the author imparts some experience based wisdom about proper branching technique, which can be impenetrable at the best of times. There are some issues, the code is often a little long and sometimes acts as exposition. But for the moment I would rate this as the best Subversion book that I have seen.
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While the book title indicates that this is a book on the Subversion Version Control software system the author has chosen to provide a more thorough background and cover such topics as why use version control and how to use it best in a software development environment. If you are already familiar with version control software you will be pleasantly surprised to find that the author not only details how to use it to its greatest benefit but also includes information on its limitations and workarounds for specific situations.

After the introductory and general background information the author jumps right into installation and setup. From there he first examines the use of Subversion from the user's standpoint and then from the administrator's perspective. The administrative part includes an excellent section on using scripts. The next part examines the software development process and not only includes using Subversion in the development process and several case studies, but also an excellent section on best practice policies. The last section of the book is a detailed technical reference that includes a detailed command reference. If you do software development of any type you will want to use a version control system. Subversion is a top quality open source solution and Subversion Version Control is an excellent resource on how to use it.
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I found this book covered well the basics and introduced some good practices. However overall the book might have been better organized. For example you have to read the whole book to understand what best practices to adopt, before going back to the chapter on installation.

The real case examples also lacked analysis.

Finally, the book is getting a bit old since it covers SVN 1.1 and SVN is now at version 1.4, and there is no online follow up/errata page from PHPTR.
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