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Top 10 Features of uberSVN

uberSVN is a platform based on the world’s most popular version control system, Apache Subversion. uberSVN users have the freedom to pick and choose their favourite open and closed source components, ultimately building their own customized, complete ALM platform for Subversion. uberSVN has won a string of industry awards, and has received some fantastic feedback from its users base. Still not convinced? In this post, we’ll run through our top ten features of uberSVN!

1. Easy to Install

uberSVN assumes no prior knowledge of Subversion, making it the ultimate beginner-friendly Subversion GUI. To install uberSVN, you simply need to set the installation directory, the repository storage location, and enter your uberSVN registration key (don’t worry, this is free!)

2. Easy to Administer

With its focus on ease of use, the main uberSVN dashboard offers an at-a-glance insight into your repositories, and is divided into four main areas:

  • Tabs – These allow you to get further information on the different repositories, users and teams, as well as providing easy access to the integrated uberAPPS store, where you can download Jenkins, purchase professional support, order uTest services and more!
  • Activity Stream – This displays all the latest actions performed across your repositories, including commits, administrative changes, and social activities, such as status updates from other team members.
  • List of repositories – This section displays all the repositories that have been added to your uberSVN installation. ‘Favourite’ repositories are also displayed in a separate tab, for easy access.
  • Quick Links – This section links to certain areas by default (uberSVN.com, WANdisco.com etc.) Use the ‘Edit these Quicklinks’ option to tailor these links to suit your own project’s needs.

3. In-the-wild testing, without even leaving your installation!

uTest is the world’s largest software testing marketplace, and its comprehensive range of testing types for web, desktop and mobile applications can be purchased from inside your existing uberSVN installation. Simply visit the uberAPPS tab in uberSVN, select uTest Express from the app store, and follow the on-screen instructions to recruit real-life testers for your app. Crowdsourced software testing couldn’t be easier!

To see how easy it is to add uTest’s software testing services to uberSVN, visit our ‘Adding uTest to uberSVN’ post.

4. Continuous Integration Made Easy

But it doesn’t end there! uberSVN users can also download the popular Jenkins continuous integration server from inside the uberAPPS store. When downloaded through uberAPPS, Jenkins integrates seamlessly with your uberSVN repositories, giving users easy access to Jenkins functionality, including automatically performing builds, initiating tests, notifying users, rolling changes back and forth, and the ability to schedule, monitor and manage external, time-based cron jobs. All this functionality can be downloaded and implemented without ever leaving uberSVN. If you need some additional help with your Jenkins installation, existing uberSVN support customers can purchase professional Jenkins support as a bolt-on.

5. Pre-Integrated with Latest Subversion Binaries

We know that keeping up with the latest open source releases isn’t always easy, but uberSVN not only alerts you when a new release is available, it makes updating Subversion and related components as simple as a few mouse clicks. Simply click on the ‘Administration’ tab, and select the ‘SVN Switch’ option to bring up a screen where you can select the latest Subversion binaries, automatically updating all of your uberSVN repositories in the process.

6. Code-Free Subversion

“The software itself is amazing, the GUI is so user friendly that anybody could do it.” – Customer feedback.

Subversion can place practically any project under version control (text documents, graphics, sound files) not just source code! But, we know that getting to grips with Subversion from the command line can be tricky for non-coders. With that in mind, we designed uberSVN to be Subversion made easy. In fact, we’re convinced that when used with a great Subversion client like TortoiseSVN, you can use Subversion without even writing a single line of code (check out our Non-Coders Guide to Subversion if you don’t believe us!)

7. It’s Built on Subversion

It may not be the only version control product on the market, but at WANdisco, we believe Subversion is the best of the bunch. Accepted into the Apache Incubator in 2009, Subversion is an established open source solution with a vibrant and helpful ecosystem of users who can be contacted for advice via mailing lists and forums, alongside the option of professional support. And, with the recent release of Apache Subversion 1.7, there’s never been a better time to start using Subversion.

8. Build the ALM Solution you Want

Why choose between a closed source ALM solution, and hand-crafting your own SVN-based platform entirely from scratch? uberSVN gives you all the freedom of a homegrown solution, but with the seamless integration you’d expect from closed source ALM – not to mention the option of professional support, should you ever need it. uberSVN users have the freedom to select apps from the uberAPPS store, taking advantage of our seamless integration and easy upgrades, or they can use their own open and closed source components – the choice is entirely down to the user.

9. Subversion Made Social

In modern IT organizations, it’s common practice for development teams to be working on multiple projects, across multiple repositories; and keeping track of who is doing what, can become a challenge. With this in mind, uberSVN combines social networking functionality and software development, with integrated Twitter and Facebook-like capabilities. Each team has its own home page, complete with profiles of each team member and the different repositories they’re working on, and social activities can be seen at-a-glance, from the main dashboard.

10) …..and it’s free!

A free download of uberSVN is available now, for the Windows, Linux and OSX platforms.

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Getting Started with uTest and Subversion

uTest, the world’s largest marketplace for software testing, provides you with an easy and convenient way to get your web application, website or mobile app tested by a professional team under real-world conditions. Each uTest project provides detailed bug reports with screen captures and steps to reproduce the issues; step-by-step results for each testing task; and expert feedback on the design, performance and functionality of your app.

Getting started with uTest is made easy with uberSVN! Simply follow these four steps to create your first uTest project.

1) Open the uTest Bronze tab inside your uberSVN installation.

2) Enter some basic information about your app, including the name of your app and a short description, and the platform (choose from iOS, Android, Windows phone, Blackberry, desktop, or mobile web.) This information will help uTest select testers who are best suited to your individual requirements.

Click continue.

3) Enter a name for your test, select your test’s primary goal from a list of options, and provide instructions on how to download your app. Alternatively, you can upload the app.

4) Explain the tasks you want your testers to complete and any areas they should be focusing on. Don’t forget to specify the expected outcome of all the tasks, so your team can distinguish between expected behaviour and bugs.

And that’s it! uTest will take this information and assemble a team of testers who meet your exact requirements.

Our Support Engineers are the Sherpas of Source Control Management! Just as traditional Sherpas use their deep knowledge of local terrain to assist mountain climbers in reaching the highest peaks and avoiding pitfalls along the way, WANdisco’s Subversion Sherpas use their extensive experience to guide customers away from problems and enable them to get the most out of Subversion. Our ‘Team Sherpa’ consists of highly skilled support engineers and core Subversion developers who have been working on the Subversion project since it began, and are also uniquely positioned to help you migrate to the latest and greatest releases of SVN. You can hire one of our Subversion Sherpas today, by visiting http://www.wandisco.com/subversion/support

WANdisco’s January Roundup

At WANdisco HQ we’re staring 2012 as we mean to go on: with a string of announcements and releases! Firstly, we are excited to announce two great new additions to uberSVN and uberAPPS: professional support for the Jenkins continuous integration server, and crowdsourcing functionality from the world’s largest marketplace for software testing services: uTest.

Just before the holiday season, the Apache Incubator gained a new addition, with Bloodhound being voted into the incubator. WANdisco are sponsoring some of the initial Bloodhound committers, so we’re excited to see Bloodhound taking its first steps to becoming a fully-fledged Apache project. Want to get involved? Head over to the Apache Bloodhound incubator page now, for more info.

Also this month, team WANdisco had a great night at the Sheffield Business Awards, where we were shortlisted for the Digital Industries Award. As a Sheffield-based company, it was an honour for our Made In Sheffield product, uberSVN, to be shortlisted for another prestigious award from our own city. We’d like to thank the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a fantastic awards show, and for award sponsors Highlander for shortlisting WANdisco.

Some of the core developers of Apache Subversion also paid a visit to WANdisco’s Sheffield office this month. To celebrate, we hosted a one off, free ‘Apache in the Pub’ event for the local software developer community. The event featured talks by Subversion’s release manager Hyrum Wright, and Greg Stein, director and former chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, where they covered everything from Apache Bloodhound, to Python, and even Greg Stein’s experiences at Google. Thank you to the Apache Software Foundation and our local GIST Foundation, for helping us out with this great event.

Finally, to celebrate the success of uberSVN ‘Blake,’ we decided a return trip to the Blake pub in Walkley, Sheffield, was in order. We presented the Blake’s staff with a special uberSVN plaque, so they never forget they have award-winning software named after their pub.