Details for Comparing Version Control Systems: Subversion (SVN), Mercurial (hg), and Git on 7/24/2012
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Distributed version control systems like Git and Mercurial (hg) are becoming the rage, while established version control systems such as Subversion (SVN), Team Foundation Server (TFS), SourceGear Vault, CVS, and Visual Source Safe have been working just fine for years. Let's compare and contrast our knowledge of traditional version control systems using SVN as an example with both Mercurial (hg) and Git. Let's look for strengths and weaknesses in each of these in terms of features, methodologies, strategies, tools, hosting platforms, and online cultures. Through discussion and discovery, we'll gain a much broader view of the capabilities and shortcomings of each tool, and have a much better feel for the features one might value when choosing a VCS. Rob Richardson is principal at Richardson & Sons, LLC, a custom software development consultancy. Richardson specializes in building enterprise-grade software for small- to medium-sized businesses, delivering the joys of custom software, process automation, and exposing business functions to customers on the web. Rob has a Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems, and over 10 years experience in both Web technologies and .NET. Rob is a frequent speaker at user groups, and an active participant in the developer community. You can reach Rob by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on his blog at http://robrich.org/, or follow him on twitter at @rob_rich/
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