Version control poll!

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There's a guy at work, who is a total genius, and his three questions are:

- So what?
- Who cares?
- Why now?

And what I can't figure about the being able to "commit offline" (which I'm not sure what means) I think I would ask the first two questions about. Can't you just not pollute the repository by kind of not committing?

Keith, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:04 (fourteen years ago) link

By committing offline, I mean you can be entirely offline -- no connection to the server at all -- and still have the full version control set of commands going on. When you commit, it's not sent to a remote server, it's just incorporated locally.

That's where it's different from polluting the repository simply by not committing: you can do lots of commits, reverts etc, but it doesn't affect anyone else or the repository (though there isn't really such a thing under git) until you push those changes out.

stet, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:23 (fourteen years ago) link

So what?

Keith, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Sorry. Just asking the question. What's good about that? How does it make it so much better?

Keith, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:24 (fourteen years ago) link

The guy who asks these questions reported to SD we were talking about earlier... He's a switched on guy.

Keith, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Well, under subversion if you're not polluting the repository by committing, you're left to basically do your version control by hand -- if you don't commit to the server, your changes aren't being stored so you can't revert. With git you can snapshot your state at any time, revert to it, and so on, all in private. xp

stet, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh OK, assuming your development environment doesn't let you roll back stuff, then that would be true. I suppose Deano doing vim development would appreciate this.

Keith, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:30 (fourteen years ago) link

and all the RoR/Textmate crew :)

stet, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:31 (fourteen years ago) link

That's true. There are lots of tools that would help them out.

Keith, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:32 (fourteen years ago) link

But I suppose it would result in just developing the same things but in a different place. It probably is inevitable. I've come to conclude that people don't learn from history.

Keith, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

version control is ~great~

caek, Monday, 21 May 2012 18:29 (ten years ago) link

> I suppose Deano doing vim development would appreciate this.
> ― Keith, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:30 (3 years ago)

you what what?

koogs, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 21:04 (ten years ago) link


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