[wp-hackers] WP.org plugin repository - multiple users

Rich Pedley elfin at elfden.co.uk
Sun Aug 22 10:46:06 UTC 2010

On 22/08/2010 10:24, Lox wrote:
>> >    Collaborative development works exceptionally well with subversion - yes
>> >  git /may/ have some stuff which makes certain scenarios easier for certain
>> >  people but it is not the best revision control system by a long stretch and
>> >  has a much higher barrier to entry that subversion does for new developers.
>> >
> It is much better with github and forks. I experienced many time the
> difference on contributing on a github project and a WP.org one... It is
> huge and github projects are progressing faster because it is really easy to
> anyone to contribute. Saying the opposite is a non sense.

I've been through this before when moving from CVS to Subversion. I 
had to learn command line CVS initially before a decent working 
windows GUI came about, and still hated it even then.

Without the tortoise shell for subversion on windows I wouldn't be 
using the plugin repository.

> And if you say git is difficult to learn means u don't know about it. I have
> been able to learn it in half a day and the documentation around it is well
> written.

Not everyone will learn as fast. It took me 2 years to get to know CVS 
well enough to do anything more than basic stuff. Because most of the 
time I only ever needed the basics - every time I wanted to do 
anything else I had to wade through a ton of documentation to find out 
how to do things.

To this day I have only ever created one patch.

> SO many big famous projects use it with success (linux kernel ...........)

You're touting that as a success? unless you are pretty tech savvy 
then wading through anything linux wise is a complete and utter 
nightmare. Not everyone comes from a linux background.

Plus what is right for one group of people may be totally wrong for 

I recently dropped out of another project because they moved to git, 
no way will I try and use both. In fact I would rather remove my 
plugins from the repository if it ever changes to git - I dare say I 
won't be the only one.


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