Subversion

My experiences with subversion development and usage
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subconf 2009 LFY articleIn the last week of October 2009, I went to Munich, Germany in order to attend SubConf 2009 which is the annual user conference of the Subversion community. While I was on the trip, I wrote many blog posts for Linux for You magazine website whose links are as follows:

SubConf Day1

SubConfDay2

SubConfDay3

I ve clubbed all the above blog posts into a single article about my SubConf 2009 experiences, which got published in December 2009 issue of Linux For You magazine.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

SubConf is the annual conference of the Subversion community. SubConf 2009 was the third such event, held at Munich, Germany, from October 27 to 29, 2009. While it’s a user conference where Subversion users from various parts of the world participate, it does feature developer hackathons where the project’s core developers come together to discuss the roadmap, hack on code, et al. Developers also meet the users to get feedback, and study their requirements so that future releases can cater to these.

SubConf 2009 had 10 core Subversion developers at the conference venue—Stephen Butler, Stefan Sperling and Neels Hofmeyr (of Elego); Julian Foad of WANdisco; Greg Stein (a popular open source developer); Hyrum K. Wright (Subversion Corp), Lieven Govaerts, Bert Huijben (of The Competence Group), C. Michael Pilato and myself ( from Collabnet, Inc).

See attachment below to download the complete article in pdf.

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svn version compatibility LFY article coverThere exists a lot of confusion in choosing the compatible versions of Free Software. This article which I wrote for Linux For You magazine, published in December 2009 issue, was an attempt to explain the compatibility concerns of Free Software using Subversion Version control system.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

The toughest job for any server administrator is to choose the correct version of software to install and use for maintenance. Most server software have corresponding clients that access the software to get data from them. This kind of client-server model creates a few problems when a server administrator is trying to choose the right version of server software.

In this article, we will discuss one such problem in choosing the appropriate release of the popular version control system, Subversion. This article will also help decipher version compatibility among most of the free  software available.

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svn 1.6 security improvementsThis was my second article for Linux For You which got published in the May 2009 issue. I am happy that I wrote this article because, the security improvements include the GNOME Keyring support introduced to Subversion whose code am closely associated with. This is also a continuation to the article published in April 2009 issue.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

Subversion 1.6.0 was released on 20th March, 2009 and included a lot of
security improvements, which we explore in detail in this article.

Last month, while discussing some of the new and significant features available in Subversion 1.6, we covered a little bit about the security features. This month we’ll concentrate exclusively on security improvements.

  1. Warning when passwords are cached in plain text
  2. Caching SSL client certificate passphrases
  3. Encrypted password/passphrase caching

See attachment below to download the complete article in pdf.

Posted by stylesen

svn 1.6 features walkthroughI ve written some articles for Linux For You magazine in the recenet past. Thought of publishing it one by one here, and this the first attempt at doing so. My first article to LFY was about the features of subversion 1.6 release. I was so excited to see this article in print which was my first experience to do something like this.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

Subversion (svn) is a popular free software version control system that is widely used by a lot of developers across world. Many popular community sites like SourceForge.net, OpenOffice.org, Netbeans, Tigris, etc, provide Subversion hosting for collaborative development.

This article takes you through some of the important features of the Subversion 1.6 release that benefits both users and the developers.

See attachment below to download the complete article in pdf.

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With the move of Subversion to its new home ie., Apache Software Foundation (ASF) all the "Full Committers" of Subversion project is getting migrated to the ASF infrastructure. As a part of it I got my credentials to the ASF infra today, thus becoming an official "Apache Committer". Thanks to CollabNet and Subversion who gave me this opportunity :) You can mail me at stylesen [at no spam] apache [dot] org Read the official announcement about the move here - http://www.collab.net/news/press/2009/svn-asf.html
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Today (29-oct-2009) marked Day 3 of SubConf 2009 which is also the last day of the event. Just like yesterday we had lots of talks planned with 3 parallel sessions at any point of time, but unfortunately there was only one talk in English for the whole day. The Subversion Hackathon went for the whole day where developers got together, discussed and wrote code for the entire day. The talks in day-3's agenda was mostly concerned on Software Configuration Management and general concepts. 09:50 am - 10:35 am "Coding Control: How to bring in agility and avoid fragility through software configuration management" talk by Tony Smithfrom Perforce Software. This talk mainly focussed on SCM and Agile development.
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