[Openmcl-devel] About Contribs

Alexander Repenning ralex at cs.colorado.edu
Mon Sep 14 14:17:36 UTC 2009

On Sep 12, 2009, at 11:04 AM, Ron Garret wrote:

> SVN is the natural choice
> since CCL itself is hosted on SVN, but the world at large seems to be
> abandoning SVN in favor of Git and/or Mercurial.  The last time I
> checked (which was a while ago) SVN didn't do proper branch merging,
> which is a show-stopper as far as I'm concerned.  But maybe they've
> fixed that?

Not really fixed. You have to do some semi manual merge. However, SVN  
is not at all on the way out. A couple of discussions may make it  
sound is if that were the case. Recently somebody actually produced  
some data regarding the use of versioning systems. SVN is still  
gaining share, and gaining faster than GIT and others combined. The  
World at large is essentially just now dropping CVS for SNV.  
Statistically speaking GIT is barely showing up on the stats.

Even if there were a GIT client with an actual user interface (I  
confess I am not much of a command line person) I would still vote for  
using SVN. GIT is likey to a be dangerous de-cohesiving  tool in the  
hands of Lisp programmers. Take an already small community, realize  
few lisp programmers ever agree on things and before you know it you  
have more unsupported  flavors of CCL than Linux distros.

cheers,  Alex

Prof. Alexander Repenning

University of Colorado
Computer Science Department
Boulder, CO 80309-430

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