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Slashdot: Open Source Development with CVS [Book Review]

Jun 15, 2000, 20:19 (0 Talkback[s])


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"Free software, the theory goes, is in a constant state of release. Instead of working in secret for years to produce a Grand Unified Model of Everything, then unleashing it on an unsuspecting world to the accompaniment of television commercials and full-page ads in trade magazines, development occurs in public view. That's aided, in no small part, by the convenience of CVS. So argues Karl Fogel in his introduction to Open Source Development with CVS. In that case, why not try it yourself?"

" Interspersed between CVS How-To chapters are Developer How-To chapters. For example, chapter 3 describes the author's theories on the entire Open Source process. That includes such common-sense advice as "Release something useful" and "Release something usable." There're plenty of examples to back up these ideas, drawn from the examples of large and popular open source projects."

"CVS-specific chapters build on each other. Though 95% of the commands the average developer will ever use are covered in chapter two, the increasingly specific information just may come in handy someday. Though there's a price to pay for flexibility, the increased power it brings is worth it. If you've followed the examples and done some testing of your own, you'll have earned the title 'CVS Guru' by the end of chapter six."

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