[plt-dev] VCS poll

From: Jon Rafkind (rafkind at cs.utah.edu)
Date: Thu Feb 18 00:44:34 EST 2010

On 02/17/2010 09:26 PM, Eli Barzilay wrote:
> In the past two weeks or so I've read about git, and after the initial
> dislike (lots of blunt anti-svn propaganda, which was effective in
> keeping me away) I liked the idea of switching to it.  Some related
> points are below, but I'd like to only have a quick poll at this
> stage, so no need to start a my-choice-is-better-than-your-choice
> flamewar.  Please reply to me with answers to these questions:
> * On a scale of -10 to +10, how much do you want to switch to a
>    distributed system?  (-10 =>  I really want to stay with svn;
>    +10 =>  I really want to switch; 0 =>  don't care.)

> * What are your preferences for a distributed system?  List them in
>    decreasing order of preference, or nothing if you don't care.
>    (Considering everything you know about the tool: some central hub
>    that uses it (like github or launchpad or whatever) and how well it
>    is managed, or lack of one, availability of tools on misc platforms
>    and how easy/hard it is to compile it, documentation of all kinds,
>    etc etc.)


I will say that mercurial confused me at first because the installation 
package is 'mercurial' but the command line program is 'hg'. Not that 
this will sway anyone or anything, but its just something I thought of.

> * On a scale of 0 to 10, how concrete+technical are your reasons for
>    having the above preference?  (roughly, 0 =>  I asked my cat to
>    choose for me; 1 =>  it's popular; 2 =>  I used it once and liked it;
>    5 =>  I used it much and liked it; 8 =>  I know enough to make a well
>    informed choice and can write a page describing the advantages;
>    10 =>  I have used a number of systems and know exactly how they
>    work, and I'm very familiar with the plt workflow and why it fits my
>    choice, if you disagree I will flame you with excruciatingly long
>    emails listing all of the mistakes you're about to make.)

0, but it was a virtual cat :(

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