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Inprise Developer News: Open Source Development with CVS [Book Review]

Nov 17, 1999, 08:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Arnson)

"Karl Fogel's new book combines open-source philosophy with documentation on an important tool in the open-source developer's toolkit."

"Version control isn't terribly sexy. It also isn't terribly fun. But it is terribly important. Version control is a necessity in a team environment and close to a necessity even for solo developers -- ask anyone who's accidentally overwritten a source file how nice it would be to have a backup of every version of that file."

"Version control is even more important if you want to participate in open-source projects. Though many open-source projects make their source code available in downloadable packages, those packages are usually not the latest available code. The freshest code is what's available in the project's version control system. Open-source projects like Mozilla, the GIMP, and GNOME rely on CVS -- the Concurrent Versions System. CVS is itself open source and is maintained by SourceGear Corp. (after SourceGear acquired Cyclic Software this summer). Many open-source projects make read-only, anonymous CVS servers available for anyone to download the latest code -- as long as that anyone uses CVS."

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