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Apache Subversion 1.6.19 Arrives!

The Apache Subversion community has just announced a new release of the Subversion 1.6 series.

Apache Subversion 1.6.19 includes fixes and enhancements for users of 1.6.x:

  • A fix for a server hang that could occur if a hook script failed to start.
  • A fix for a write-through proxy commit regression introduced in Subversion 1.6.17.
  • Partial sync drops properties when converting to adds.
  • A fix for the testsuite to avoid FAILs on APR hash order.

More information on Subversion 1.6.19 can be found in the Changes file.

The latest, certified binaries can be downloaded for free from the WANdisco website, and are also available through the award winning, open uberSVN platform. Users of uberSVN can easily switch between the 1.6.19 and the latest 1.7 releases (or vice versa!) using uberSVN’s innovative ‘SVN Switch’ feature.

If you haven’t tried uberSVN yet, remember that it’s free to download and free to use! Simply visit http://www.wandisco.com/ubersvn to get started.

If you want all the latest news, tips, tricks and best practices on Apache Subversion, then why not check out Subversion Live 2012, the series of dedicated Subversion conferences? This year, events will be taking place in London, San Francisco and Greenwich, Connecticut, and will feature a unique mix of sessions, expert-led best practices workshops and invaluable networking opportunities for the SVN community.

Poll: What’s your Favourite Feature of Subversion 1.7x?

After finding out more about the way you’re using Apache Subversion in our recent community polls (‘Which OS does your Subversion Server Run On?’ and ‘Which Subversion Client Do You Use?’) we need your input again – this time, on the Subversion 1.7 series.

Apache Subversion 1.7 was a major step forward for the world’s most popular open source version control system, and the subsequent releases have brought even more enhancements and fixes to the series. But what’s your favourite new feature of the 1.7 releases? Let us know, by answering our quick, one-question poll!

Take the poll now.

We’ll publish the results in a few weeks, so be sure to keep checking back to see how your Subversion usage compares to the rest of the community.

Haven’t made the switch to Subversion 1.7 yet? The latest binaries in the 1.7 series can be downloaded from the WANdisco website: http://www.wandisco.com/subversion/download

Poll Results: Which OS does your Subversion Server Run On?

As a successful and established open source project, Apache Subversion has a vibrant community of users – but how exactly are they using Subversion? Last month, we found out which SVN client is the most popular, and a few weeks ago we posed another question to the community: which operating system is your Apache Subversion server running on? The results are in and, once again, Windows comes out on top:

 

60% of respondents are running their server on Microsoft Windows, and in a previous poll we found that over 60% were using the TortoiseSVN client (which isn’t surprising considering how easy it is to get started!)

If you’re a Windows user (and, judging from the poll results, there’s plenty of you out there in the Subversion community!) we have lots of useful tutorials aimed at your OS of choice, including some hidden TortoiseSVN commands.

Have a question you’d like us to put to the Subversion community? You can either post it here, or Contact Us directly and we’ll try and feature it in future polls.

 

Getting Started with Apache Subversion

As the world’s most popular version control system, Apache Subversion has plenty to offer newcomers:

1. It’s an established project – accepted into the Apache Incubator in 2009 and graduating a year later, today Subversion is an Apache Top Level Project maintained by a global community of contributors.

2. Rich ecosystem – Apache Subversion users have access to countless free client tools, GUIs and plugins developed by the community. SVN also integrates with most of the major IDEs, including Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio.

3. Free Community Support – Have a question about Subversion? There’s no shortage of mailing lists and forums (including SVNForum.) In many cases, your question will have already been asked (and answered) by someone else. If you can’t find the answer, you can always post it yourself and the community will be happy to help you out.

4. Professional Support – Subversion has a great community of users who are always willing to answer queries, but mailing lists and forums aren’t always the ideal place to reach out to when disaster strikes your enterprise deployment. At WANdisco, we offer professional support services for Subversion, that includes 24-by-7 worldwide coverage, guaranteed response times, and indemnification coverage, for those who need that added security.

5. Powerful branching and merging functionality – Branching and merging can be a pain-point for Apache Subversion users but, used correctly, branching and merging can be Subversion’s greatest strength. We have some free branching and merging refcards, to help you master these potentially tricky issues.

Apache Subversion has plenty to offer users, but if you’re new to SVN – or even version control in general! – it can be difficult to know where to start. To help newcomers get off to a flying start with Subversion, we’ve just released a ‘Getting Started with Subversion’ refcard. This refcard covers all the essential information you need to get going with Subversion, including what Subversion actually is, the basic work cycle you can expect to encounter, and an installation guide. It then demonstrates how to create your first repository and covers the essential commands – svn checkout and svn commit.

Getting Started with Subversion’ is free to download. We’ll be adding more refcards in the coming weeks, so keep checking back for all the latest Free Training Content.

Subversion Live: Branching and Merging Best Practices

You may already have heard that Subversion Live is back for 2012, once again bringing the Apache Subversion community their own conference series. This year’s conference series is bigger and better than ever, with events taking place in San Francisco (October 10th & 11th) Greenwich Connecticut (October 16th & 17th) and London (October 23rd & 24th).

Confirmed sessions include:

  • What’s coming in 1.8
  • Best Practices for Large SVN Deployments
  • Merge & Performance Improvements
  • Apache Bloodhound
  • Hook Scripts
  • ….and more!

As part of Subversion Live 2012, WANdisco’s Director of Training Mike Lester will deliver a session on branching and merging best practices. We caught up with Mike, to find out what Subversion Live attendees can expect from ‘Branching & Merging Best Practices,’ and how 1.7’s merge tracking enhancements impacted Subversion users.

In your opinion, why does branching and merging remain such a hot topic for Subversion developers?

Mike Lester: People fear merging and thus avoid using branches, one of the most powerful tools built into Apache Subversion. They forget that as developers they have been doing branching and merging by hand for years, and fail to take advantage of all the capabilities that Subversion can bring to these activities.

Apache Subversion 1.7 introduced some merge tracking enhancements. How did these impact the branching and merging process for SVN users?

Mike Lester: By isolating the subtree mergeinfo updates to only the subtrees affected by a merge, rather than updating all subtree merge info, it makes keeping track of what was actually changed easier to monitor.

Who would benefit from attending ‘Branching and Merging Best Practices?

Mike Lester: Anyone that uses Subversion on multi-developer projects needs to come up with a plan on how they will use branches and merging. If you don’t have a plan yet or think your current procedures might be improved, this talk should help.

Can you give us a sneak preview of some of the best practices you’ll share in your Subversion Live session?

Mike Lester: Options on when to merge, guidelines of monitoring branches, examples of how project planning must change to do branching and merging and in a controlled manner.

Not signed up yet? Visit http://www.wandisco.com/svn-live-2012 to register, or find out more!

New Refcards: All About Subversion Checkouts and Commits

Need an intro to some essential Apache Subversion commands? We got such great feedback from last month’s branching and merging refcards, that we’ve already put together two more free refcards for the Subversion community.

All About the Apache Subversion Commit Command’ 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.

Meanwhile, ‘All About Checkouts’ provides a quick reference to making full use of the checkout command and understanding the messages generated under different scenarios. This refcard covers:

  • What is a checkout?
  • Performing a checkout from the command line
  • Performing a checkout with TortoiseSVN
  • How to create a nested folder
  • Changing the checkout file data

We’ve got even more refcards lined up for the coming weeks, so be sure to keep checking back for all the latest free training content. And if you’ve got an idea for a Subversion refcard, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

Need more Subversion know-how? After getting a great response from the Apache Subversion community in 2011, Subversion Live is back for 2012, bringing the Subversion community sessions covering everything from Subversion’s future, to expert-led best practices workshops, as well as the unique opportunity to meet the core Subversion committers.

Poll: Which OS is Most Popular for a Subversion Server?

If you’ve been paying attention to our Apache Subversion community polls, you’ll already have spotted last month’s poll on Subversion clients (and the answer!) This raised questions about what platform users are running their Subversion server on, so in this month’s poll we’re setting out to discover what’s the most popular operating system amongst Subversion users.

Let us know, by answering our quick poll! We’ll publish the results in a few weeks, so be sure to keep checking back to see how your Subversion usage compares to the rest of the community.

Looking for a cross-platform ‘Subversion Made Easy’ solution? uberSVN is free to download and free to use. Visit http://www.wandisco.com/ubersvn/download to get started, or Learn More.

WANdisco’s July Roundup

As an active member of the ASF and Apache Subversion communities, this month we were excited to announce that our sponsorship of the Apache Software Foundation will continue for a second year in a row. As an ASF sponsor WANdisco joins companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, HP and IBM.

The ASF Sponsorship Program is the official avenue for substantial, non-directed monetary contributions to the ASF, and funds raised through this program help the Foundation maintain leadership in the developer and open source communities.

Not content with continuing and upgrading our sponsorship, we increased the number of full-time Subversion committers by hiring two of the most experienced Subversion engineers in Branko Čibej and Stefan Fuhrmann. Branko Čibej joined the Subversion project in May 2000 and has been an active member of the community since then. He will take up the role of Director of Subversion at WANdisco.

“Apache Subversion is entering an interesting phase in its development,” said Branko. “The changes in the latest release have laid the groundwork for a slew of important new features, and I’m grateful to WANdisco for giving me the opportunity to work full-time on the project as their Director of Subversion.”

Also joining WANdisco as a full-time Subversion developer is Stefan Fuhrmann. Stefan has been involved in the Apache Subversion project since 2010, and has worked on the TortoiseSVN project since 2003.

We also saw two IBM veterans – Paul Hewitt and Scott Rudenstein –join WANdisco’s sales management team. Paul Hewitt brings more than 25 years of software industry experience to his new position as WANdisco’s Sales Director for EMEA. Paul spent 10 of those 25 years at IBM Telelogic where he rose from the rank of Principal Account Manager to become UK Managing Director and Senior Vice President for Western Europe. After assuming this leadership position, Paul was able to grow Telelogic’s revenue by more than 50%.

Meanwhile, Scott Rudenstein brings over 20 years of industry experience to his new position as Director of Technical Sales and Services at WANdisco. Scott spent over 5 years as a Senior Sales Engineer in the IBM Rational Software Group specialising in software development tools. Scott was a member of the Rational Software team that was acquired by IBM for $2.1bn in February 2003. Scott has also held various Sales Director positions at US-based software companies such as Quest Software and Surgient.

We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all our new starters to WANdisco! Want to join them? There’s still plenty of job opportunities at our Careers page.

This month, we set out to investigate which Apache Subversion client is most popular, with a poll that asked what clients – if any – the SVN community are using. The results are in and, according to respondents, there’s a clear winner in this popularity contest as over 60% of respondents said they were using TortoiseSVN.

TortoiseSVN is a free Windows client for Subversion – if you want to find out more about what TortoiseSVN has to offer, why not take a look at our ‘Top Ten Reasons To Try TortoiseSVN’ blog post? If you want to find out what all the fuss is about for yourself, we also have a handy starter guide: ‘How to Install TortoiseSVN and Make Your First Repository Change.’

After the success of 2011’s conference, Subversion Live is back for 2012! Subversion Live 2012 will take place in San Francisco (October 10th & 11th) Greenwich, Connecticut (October 16th & 17th) and London (October 23rd & 24th) and for a limited period registrants can get a 25% discount with our Early Bird offer.

This series of two-day conferences will feature a unique mix of expert-led best practices workshops, live Subversion demos and invaluable networking opportunities with experienced peers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet core Subversion committers, including Greg Stein, Stefan Fuhrmann, Julian Foad and Philip Martin.

Registration is now open – and don’t forget to enter the ‘earlybird’ code to claim your 25% discount.

After more training, but can’t wait until Subversion Live 2012? After getting plenty of requests from the community for more webinars on branching and merging, not only have we added another free training webinar on branching and merging but we’ve created some handy Subversion refcards.

Introduction to Merging in Apache Subversion’ starts with the basic question of ‘what is merging,’ before showing you how to perform the different types of merges, including reverse merges, and finally sharing some best practices to help you avoid merge hell, while ‘Introduction to Branching in Apache Subversion’ covers the essential know-how you need to get started with branching. This refcard covers:

  • What is a Branch?
  • How to Create a Branch
  • Identifying Branches
  • Deleting Branches

We’ll be adding more refcards over the coming weeks, so keep checking back for even more free training content.

Subversion Live 2012: Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Early bird registration for Subversion Live 2012 is now open!

After getting a great response from the Apache Subversion community in 2011, Subversion Live is back for 2012, bringing the Subversion community sessions covering everything from Subversion’s future, to expert-led best practices workshops, as well as the unique opportunity to meet the core Subversion committers. This year’s conference series is even bigger than last year, with events taking place in San Francisco, Greenwich CT, and London.

We’re currently running a very special early bird offer: register now using the ‘earlybird’ code to get a 25% discount (note, the early bird offer ends 10th August, so you better be quick!)

As part of Subversion Live 2012, WANdisco’s Product Manager Rich Smolenski and Rob Budas, Vice President of Product Management, will deliver a session on Apache Bloodhound. Apache Bloodhound is an exciting new project that was voted into the Apache Incubator in December, 2011. In this interview, we find out more about Apache Bloodhound, including what the future holds for Bloodhound, and get a sneak preview of what Subversion Live attendees can expect from this session.

Can you give us an introduction to the new Apache Bloodhound project?

Rich Smolenski: Apache Bloodhound is a tool for managing software development. Its strengths lie in a close tie in between Apache Subversion source control and a powerful ticket system, built on the shoulders of Trac. If you need to track defects or feature requests, this is your tool.

In your opinion, what will Apache Bloodhound’s stand-out feature be?

Rich Smolenski: Other tools in this area take a generic project based approach. This makes it difficult to keep track of your code base over time as projects end, and new ones start. We recognise that you create software products, whether you use them internally or sell them to clients. These products won’t change as quickly as the projects needed to modify them. Therefore our approach provides a much better reflection of your actual code base.

At Subversion Live, you will present a session on Apache Bloodhound. Who would benefit from attending?

Rob Budas: Anyone that produces and/or maintains software, especially if they use Subversion or uberSVN to do so.

What topics are you going to cover in your Bloodhound session?

Rich Smolenski: The main topics we’ll cover in these sessions are the key UI and functional differences between Apache Bloodhound and the Trac project, and where Bloodhound fits into the Apache Subversion ecosystem. We’ll also cover practical aspects such as setting up users, projects, groups and permissions, and ticket management.

In your opinion, where is the Bloodhound project heading?

Rob Budas: A fully featured software development platform. It will run on your own infrastructure or in the cloud, depending on your needs. It should be quick to pick up for non-technical users without training, but also not hold back the experts.

Registration for Subversion Live is now open – and don’t forget to enter the ‘earlybird’ code for a 25% discount.

Although WANdisco are sponsoring some of the initial committers, one of the major aims of Apache Bloodhound is to create a vibrant developer community, and any interested committers are able to contribute to the project. Interested in getting involved? Check out the Bloodhound webpage for more info.

Poll: Which Subversion Client Do You Use?

Like any successful open source project, Apache Subversion is at the centre of a vibrant ecosystem of client tools, GUIs and plugins. There’s no shortage of clients for Subversion, but each has different functionality and integration capabilities, and some target specific platforms. We want to find out which client is best-suited to the needs of the SVN community. Let us know, by taking our quick poll.

We’ll publish our results in a couple of weeks, so you can see which clients are popular with other Apache Subversion users.

Want to move beyond the client? We have some free introductory tutorials to get you started with command line Subversion: Intro to Command Line Subversion and Working with Files from the Subversion Command Line.