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WANdisco’s August Roundup

This month we announced some exciting releases for the Apache Subversion community: the release of Subversion 1.7.6, and updates for uberSVN and TortoiseSVN.

Building on the 1.7 series, Apache Subversion 1.7.6 added even more fixes and enhancements for the SVN community:

  •  A fix for running tests against httpd version 2.4
  • Constant struct initialisers now used for C89 compatibility
  • Fixes for the output of ‘svn propget -R’ ‘svn proplist’ and ‘svn status’
  • Optimized ‘svn upgrade’ performance on large working copies
  • A fix for ‘svn upgrade’ on working copies with certain tree conflicts
  • Fixes for two asserts into errors for TortoiseSVN

More information on what’s new in Subversion 1.7.6 can be found in the Changes file. As always, if you want to get your hands on the latest, certified binaries you can do so from our website. The latest version of TortoiseSVN – 1.7.8 – is also available for download. This release is linked against Subversion 1.7.6, and features a list of bug fixes. For more information on all the updates and fixes in TortoiseSVN 1.7.8, check out the Changelog.

The uberSVN community also saw an update, as the WANdisco developers finished off uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ Release 3.

uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ Release 3 features many improvements and enhanced functionality for uberSVN’s ever-growing community of users. These include:

  •  Further improvements to the way uberSVN handles LDAP and LDAPS.
  • Improvements to uberSVN APIs and internal development of the uberSVN SDK (public release coming soon!)
  • New manageAPPS page allows you to see metadata attached to your APP license, such as expiry date, number of named users, and more.
  • A list of bug fixes, including some fixes and alignment/mapping of the uberSVN Access Control Team Leader and uberSVN Delegated Team Admin (where uberSVN Access Control is active)
We also conducted a community poll to find out more about how you’re using Subversion. We asked what operating system your Subversion server is running on and, once again, there was a very clear winner…..

You may have already noticed that we’ve been adding new Subversion refcards. We’ve had such a great response that we’ve already put together two more – ‘All About the Apache Subversion Commit Command’ and ‘All About Checkouts.’ The first covers everything from the basic “what is a commit?” to more advanced information on editing log messages, ignoring files and directories, and an intro to hook scripts. ‘All About Checkouts’ provides a quick reference to making full use of the checkout command and understanding the messages generated under different scenarios.

We hope you’re enjoying these latest refcards, and if have any ideas for future refcards, please do not hesitate to Contact Us. If you’re after more Apache Subversion know-how, then why not take a look at our upcoming Subversion Live conference?

On the enterprise side of things, we published a new case study of our enterprise-class Subversion MultiSite product. The case study looks at how global logistics technology leader Navis – a subsidiary of Cargotec, enjoyed a 10x improvement in Subversion performance and achieved 24-by-7 uptime across all of their development sites after implementing our Subversion MultiSite solution. Read the Navis case study in full to find out more.

Also this month, WANdisco CEO and co-founder David Richards was asked to do an interview with BloombergTV – check out the full video interview below!

Finally our friend, photographer Matt Lollar popped into the office to take some new snaps of WANdisco’s Sheffield office.


Software is Everywhere – Let’s Make Sure it Works

I’ve just returned from a pretty interesting week in London mainly catching up with financial analysts, fund managers and the press (I’ve embedded the interview I did with BloombergTV a couple of hours after getting off the flight from SFO-LON).

At this stage (only a couple of months into our IPO on the London Stock Exchange) I find that I have to spend a lot of my time explaining what we do.  I suppose that shouldn’t be a big surprise.  Outside of ‘techie’ circles WANdisco is still a relative unknown, but I’m pleased to say that’s changing.

Most of the context for the “what we do” is explaining how software is developed in organizations and just how important it is.  In the techie bubble that we sometimes live we all take for granted.  Marc Andresson famously wrote about “software eating the world where he argues that “we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.”

Of course I think he’s right.  There are plenty of examples where software has replaced the incumbent.  My favorite example is the automobile industry where diagnostics used to be a guy under the hood and is now plugging the car into a computer and looking for trouble codes (there are 10 million lines of source code in a Chevy Volt).  Or, under the covers, how banks a really software companies employing thousands of software engineers.

It’s even easier to explain how important software is when it goes wrong.  The most recent example was at RBS / Nat West.

A software update was applied on 19 June 2012 to the software that controls the payment processing system. It then turned out that the update was corrupted.  Customer wages, payments and other transactions could not happen.  Millions of customers were unable to withdraw cash using ATMs or see bank account details. Others faced fines for late payment of bills because the system could not process direct debits. It wasn’t until mid July that the problem was finally rectified.

As one customer put it:

“I was due to have my wages paid in today – but they haven’t appeared in my account. This means I simply can’t afford to pay my weekly bills.

 “I also had to pay the deposit for my daughter’s headstone today – she was stillborn seven weeks ago. No wages therefore no headstone.

 “I am so angry about the technical glitch, as they call it, because this now means I’ve got to wait another week before having a day off work so I can go and pay for the headstone.”

The cost to RBS is unknown – but it could be billions.

At the heart of the problem was version control and release management of software.

According to current and former employees controls were not in place and it was difficult to know exactly what software was even running in the production system.  Release Management is supposed to be the ‘gatekeeper’ between the test & QA system and the production environment and clearly this was missing here.  In mission critical environments such as this there should be very strict controls in place.

Bugs exist in software, of course they do, human beings create software.  Companies employ systems such as software version control, source code reviews, QA, release management, staging, and integration testing to avoid this happening.  Modern software in today’s market should employ continuous integration testing.  This should ensure that every new line of software is changed it is tested across thousands and thousands of different test cases to see if anything is broken.  This reduces time to fix and also reduces even the chance an error will make it to QA.

Software is everywhere – it’s in your car, refrigerator and phone.  It’s not a nice to have – it’s a must have. Banks and other finance companies have been transformed by software over the last 30 years. Virtually all financial transactions, from someone buying a sandwich to a multi-billion pounds trading, is done in software.  That’s great but it presents risks – mission critical applications such as this can’t have bugs – full stop and process and modern tooling is not an option it’s a must.  Missile defense systems can’t have bugs; neither can medical devices such as heart pacemakers.  So you see it is possible to deliver software without bugs you just need good tools and processes.



About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A