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Source Control. [Sep. 6th, 2007|07:21 pm]
Chaz Meyers
I used to use CVS. Now I use SVN. Both kind of scare me. I like the idea of branches and tags, but branches and tags in those programs¹ scare me a lot. I don't like using software that scares me.

After watching Linus brag talk about git I thought git might be a good fit for me. But then I read that it doesn't work under Windows without Cygwin, and even then it's awful slow? Since most of my time is in Windows, that's not a good thing.

I read a little about darcs today and I think that might be a better fit. It sounds like it is cross-platform, doesn't require a ton of software to provide read-only access via webserver, and is really easy for checkout/update/commit and branches. That, and backups are as simple as a check out since checking out grabs the entire history? So, guess what I'm asking is are there any good reasons why I should not invest some of my life in this piece of software?²

If you haven't noticed, I've reverted to making technical posts here instead of the blawg. What can I say? I really don't write enough to justify compartmentalizing³ myself like that!

1. I was going to use the base word "software" instead of "program" but changed it because "both of those softwares" and "both of those software" look wrong. Is "software" the plural of "software"?
2. I don't really expect an answer. You can't get to the LazyWeb from here!
3. Wait, what? Firefox spell-check says I spelled that right?