[wp-hackers] Switching from SVN

Vid Luther vid at zippykid.com
Fri Dec 10 11:54:16 UTC 2010

I would like to point out that a lot of developers prefer git over
Svn, some because they hear it's cool, and some because they've used

I really think this discussion of what's better hypothetically needs
to be tabled until someone (Otto :)) uses git for a small project for
a month or so, thinking about git is a lot harder than using it, using
it with the guidance of someone who has an idea of what the workflow
should be, and has knowledge of commands will make the experience much

Svn would be hard, if you had never used anything as well.

This is just turning into a vim vs emacs discussion...

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 10, 2010, at 4:33 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 4:11 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
>> When somebody sends me changes, I expect them to send me a file full
>> of their changes.
> Thinking about this some more here...
> My point is that developers tend to be very good at managing files.
> Now you're asking them to manage URLs instead, and that seems more
> difficult. You need tools to do it. You need web based systems to
> collaborate with, which understand those URLs and systems. And yes,
> they are creatable and such, but that's fragile. You spend a lot of
> time screwing around with the system and not enough time doing the
> actual work. Sites like github and so forth bother me because they
> suffer from yet-another-damn-collaboration-tool to learn.
> My preferred way of accepting patches for plugins (to pick an example)
> is via email. It's easy, everybody knows how to use it, etc. If I used
> a repository system for it then I'd spend more time screwing around
> with that than I did coding.
> Don't get me wrong; I don't like SVN. Hell, I don't much care for
> version control at all. It mostly gets in my way. I accept that
> version control is necessary for large multi-developer projects, but I
> see it as a necessary evil. So all this screwing around with various
> versioning systems and ticket management tools and such generally
> ticks me off because it's yet one more stupid system I have to figure
> out.
> And that's why I don't like git. It's yet another annoying version
> system, and this time it's not only difficult to learn, but it
> actively interferes with the development process by insisting that you
> use it to make actual meaningful changes, by becoming part of the
> management structure. Yuck.
> Anyway, good discussion guys. Bedtime. :)
> -Otto
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