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Why use Revision Control?
Many authors think that writing code, zipping it up, and uploading is a fine way to go about addon development, but it's far from perfect. There are many benefits to revision control: * A history is kept of everything. You can know who did what when and to what files. * You can revert to a previous revision if things break badly enough. * Working with other developers is done in a standard way, you don't have to pass around files to contribute. * Concept of branching and merging. You can work on side features or bugfixes in a much more streamlined way. * Tag system, allowing a separation between development/alpha versions and your beta/release versions. The only real downside is a small but overcomeable learning curve. == Which revision control system should I use? == === Subversion === Subversion, a.k.a. SVN, is a centralized revision control system aimed to be a better CVS. ==== Pros ==== * More polished user interfaces * Single repository - simple in that there is one defining place where your repository is. * Partial checkouts ==== Cons ==== * Poor handling of branching/merging * Single repository - if you somehow decide where your repository is is not where you want it to be, transferring is a huge chore if not impossible * Slow === Git === Git is a distributed revision control system made by Linus Torvalds initially for the Linux kernel. ==== Pros ==== * Distributed nature * So blazingly fast you won't even notice it's working ==== Cons ==== * Lack of good user interfaces, especially for Windows * Steep learning curve compared to Subversion === Mercurial === Mercurial, a.k.a. Hg, is a distributed revision control system. ==== Pros ==== * Distributed nature * Fast ==== Cons ==== * Steep learning curve compared to Subversion == Useful links == * [http://blip.tv/file/1114793/ CLTV42: EuroPython2008 - Tommi Virtanen: Version Control for Du^H^HDevelopers] * [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2199332044603874737 Torvalds' talk on git] * [http://subversion.tigris.org Subversion homepage] * [http://git.or.cz Git homepage] * [http://selenic.com/mercurial Mercurial homepage]
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