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WANdisco Releases Subversion ‘Branching and Merging’ Refcards

Branching and merging can be a pain-point for Apache Subversion users but when used correctly, they become an invaluable tool for getting the most out of version control. Not sure where to start with your branching and merging strategy? Our brand new refcards have all the info you need to get to grips with branching and merging.

‘Introduction to Merging in Apache Subversion’

Merging doesn’t need to be frightening! ‘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.

This refcard covers:

  • What is ‘Merging’?
  • How to Merge in Subversion:
  • – Merge a Range of Revisions
    – Reintegrate a Branch
    – Merge Two Different Trees

  • Reverse Merge
  • Merging Feature Branches
  • Merging Best Practices

‘Introduction to Branching in Apache Subversion’

Introduction to Branching in Apache Subversion’ covers the essential know-how you need to get started with branching in Subversion, including:

  • 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. We also run frequent free webinars for the Apache Subversion community, more info is available at the Free Training Webinars page.

WANdisco Announces Free Webinars for SVN Community

We hope you’re enjoying our bi-weekly free Subversion webinars! Thank you to everyone who has attended and sent us feedback on what they enjoyed, and what they’d like to see more of. Based on your feedback, we’ve devised another set of free training webinars for the Subversion community.

Here’s what’s coming up over the next couple of months (don’t forget, it’s free to register for any of our Apache Subversion webinars):

1) Hidden Subversion – get ahead of the game, as we share some tricks and techniques that many Subversion users aren’t even aware of.

2) Locking – we cover the Subversion Lock command in detail, including:

  • What is a lock?
  • How do you lock and unlock files?
  • Best practices for avoiding lock conflicts

3) Using Repository Browsers – drill down into the functionality of the Repo Browser, in this one-hour course.

4) Subversion Difference Command – get an overview of the various ways Subversion can compare files and generate meaningful reports.

5) Hook Scripts – these server-side executables can be used for a variety of tasks, including:

  • Automatic email notifications
  • Checkin content validation
  • Automatic backup
  • Specific access control

6) Introduction to uberSVN – an introductory webinar for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion that’s easy to install, easy to use and easy to extend. This webinar will cover uberSVN’s core capabilities, including:

  • Installation and setup
  • Simplified repository creation and management
  • Team and user administration
  • Social coding capabilities
  • Extendibility with your favorite ALM tools

7) Access Control option with Subversion – need to control access to Apache Subversion repo information, but not sure which option is right for you? This session will weigh up the pros and cons of:

  • Subversion Access Control
  • Hook Scripts
  • uberSVN
  • …and more!

8 ) Branching and Merging – get an intro to the basic concepts of branching and merging, including when to perform a merge and create a branch, the different merge types, and some all-important best practices.

9) Subversion Properties – everything you need to know about SVN Properties! This one hour course will cover:

  • Defining properties
  • Property and “Standards and Procedures”
  • Property name rules
  • Automatic Properties
  • Recursively defining properties
  • ….and more!

Places are limited, so register now to avoid disappointment! And don’t forget to Contact Us if you have any comments, questions or suggestions for future webinars!

9 Ways to Dominate Development with Jenkins

Last month, we were proud to co-host another free training webinar with our friends at CloudBees. ‘9 Ways to Dominate Development with Jenkins’ was presented by WANdisco’s Director of Training, Mike Lester, and CloudBees’ Elite Developer and Architect, Ryan Campbell. Mike covered the essentials of setting up Jenkins through uberSVN, the free, open ALM platform for Apache Subversion, before CloudBees’ Ryan Campbell shared a grand total of nine best practices for using Jenkins with uberSVN.

The tips included how best to backup the Jenkins continuous integration server. Webinar attendees were shown how to locate their configuration data in the $JENKINS_HOME directory. The location of this directory varies depending on how you install Jenkins, but in uberSVN you can check this using the Configure Systems screen. To access this screen, simply click on ‘Manage Jenkins’ in the Jenkins tab of uberSVN.

From here, select the ‘Configure Systems’ option.

This will take you to the all-important Jenkins Home directory, which contains the data you will need to backup.

Webinar attendees also learnt that it’s possible to create a backup while Jenkins is running, as Jenkins makes changes atomically to the cloud system. Whenever you change your configuration, Jenkins writes that configuration file to a temporary file and then moves it over atomically at the operating system level, which means creating a backup of a live Jenkins installation isn’t a problem.

The webinar also shared advice for planning disk capacity for Jenkins, the benefits of native installers, adding additional distributed builds to your Jenkins instance, and more.

Missed the webinar the first time around? The good news is that the entire webinar replay is now available to view on-demand, from our Webinar Replay page. And, if you enjoyed ‘9 Ways to Dominate Development with Jenkins,’ you can sign up for more of our upcoming webinars at http://www.wandisco.com/training/webinars.

Open Source Support and Training : Your Options

It’s no secret WANdisco are big fans of open source, but where do you go when you encounter a bug, or your open source project keeps throwing errors? In this post, we cover all the options available for open source fans in need of some extra guidance.

Community support

Successful open source projects are typically collaborative efforts between hundreds, if not thousands of developers. This collaborative development encourages transparent, archived communication through mailing lists and forums, which can be an invaluable (and free!) source of information for the open source user. And, if you can’t find the answer to your question, you can always post it at the project’s mailing list, community forum, or even Stack Overflow.

For Apache Subversion users, SVNForum.org is the place to go to connect with the SVN community. Sign up to discuss everything Subversion, and exchange information and tips with other users. Alternatively, the Subversion project maintains a series of active mailing lists, including the users mailing list where you can post build problems, configuration issues, usage questions, and more.

Professional Support

Open source solutions have plenty to offer, but many organizations are concerned about the level of support they can get from the community alone. Most open source projects have a great community of users who are always willing to help out, but mailing lists and forums aren’t always the ideal place to reach out to when disaster strikes your organization! Thankfully, many established open source projects now have professional support options.

When choosing a professional support provider, there are a few questions worth asking:

1. Do they have committers on the project?
2. Do they cover the hours I need? (of course, 24-by-7 worldwide support is always preferable!)
3. Are they enthusiastic about the project?
4. How easy are they to contact? Do you get a named support contact? Can you dial a number and speak to a real person?
5. Do they have customer testimonials?

As one of the major corporate sponsors of Subversion, WANdisco offer professional support for SVN. Our professional Subversion support includes:

  • Guaranteed response times.
  • 24-by-7 Worldwide coverage.
  • Indemnification coverage
  • Our Enterprise security product, Subversion Access Control
  • ….and more!

And, act before Friday (April 13th, 2012) to get the first 90 days of Subversion support for free, when you purchase any of our one year support contracts.

Enterprise-class support for TortoiseSVN is also available, alongside professional support for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion.

Free Online training

Over the last couple of years, open source solutions have been gaining popularity within the enterprise, and with all the benefits of open source, it’s easy to see why! Of course, cost is one of the major reasons why organizations switch to open source. With closed source, there’s the initial outlay, but there can also be hidden extras; support charges, the expense of ongoing upgrades, training costs, etc.

With open source projects, not only are you saving on the software’s initial cost, but there’s typically plenty of tutorials, webinars, refcards and articles freely available on the internet, to help out with everything from the installation process, to best practices for the advanced user.

As part of our commitment to the Subversion community, we run bi-weekly free training webinars, covering everything from branching and merging, to running Subversion with continuous integration, hook scripts, and more.

Enterprise Training

Despite the wealth of resources freely available on the internet, there may come a point when an organization needs some formal training to get the most out of their open source software. Successful open source projects are frequently the subject of professional training sessions, but it may also be worth investing in ‘train the trainer’ sessions, so all future training can be performed in-house by your own staff.

At WANdisco, our Subversion training courses are designed to provide the essential hands-on experience you need to increase productivity. Choose from public classes at our training centres; private, on-site classes; and web-based training. Some of the courses we offer, include:

  • Core Concepts – covers architecture and design principles, branching and merging, conflict resolution, and more
  • Subversion for Administrators – gain the background knowledge needed to effectively install, configure and manage Subversion repositories and servers
  • Train the Trainer – designed for customers with in-house training staff

WANdisco’s March Roundup

This month, we followed up on the news that all employees are entitled to unlimited paid vacation, with yet another benefit for WANdisco employees: an Outstanding Employee program. Our first ever Outstanding Employee is our Technical Support Engineer, Gary Beardshaw. This has been a particularly hectic month for all of our support engineers, and in this busy time we can’t fail to be impressed by Gary’s 2AM responses to customers when he’s not even scheduled to be at work! Congratulations, Gary!

We’re happy to report that our brand new Green Captain role is going well, but you may remember that when we announced this position, we also pledged to get involved with charities based near our offices in Sheffield, UK. This month, we signed up for our first fundraiser of 2012: the Master Cutler’s Challenge.

As part of this challenge, organizations from across the region put their entrepreneurial skills to the test, using a £50 initial investment from the charity to raise as much funds as possible, over the space of a few months. We’re proud to be a part of the Master Cutler’s Challenge, and are hoping to raise plenty of money for its chosen charity of 2012: Cavendish Cancer Care. We also had a great time at the challenge launch party, which took place at Sheffield’s Cutler’s Hall, and were lucky enough to hear a very inspirational speech from Sheffield sporting legend Farrell Anthony.

Good luck to everyone else who is taking part in this year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge, and keep checking this blog for updates on our progress!

Just like last month our development team have had a busy few weeks updating our certified Apache Subversion binaries: Subversion 1.7.4 can be downloaded for free from the WANdisco website and through the uberSVN platform.

This was also an exciting month for the uberAPPS store, as we announced a very exclusive special offer, especially for uberAPPS’ growing community of users. For a 30 day period, uTest’s Express Bronze package will be available to all uberAPPS users – absolutely free! uberSVN users can purchase their free uTest Bronze Express package now, by vising the uberAPPS store from inside their installation.

As if that wasn’t enough uberAPPS-related goodness, we also added one-click purchase of consultancy and individual audits to uberAPPS this month, with brand-new Subversion Health Check and Time-Based Consultancy apps. We know that rolling out, implementing and supporting Subversion can be challenging, so these additions to the app store are here to give you a helping hand. Subversion Health Check provides a comprehensive pre-implementation or post-implementation audit of your Subversion environment, while Time-Based Consultancy implements and delivers tasks that help you get the most out of your Subversion installation. We’ve had some great feedback from these apps so far, so we’d definitely recommend visiting uberAPPS from inside your uberSVN installation, to find out more.

Subversion Training and Consultancy – Now Available through uberAPPS

We’re pleased to announce even more great content for uberSVN’s integrated uberAPPS store. This time, we’re helping the Apache Subversion community get even more out of their implementation, by offering one-click purchase of consultancy and individual audits, from inside their uberSVN installation.

We know that rolling out, implementing and supporting Subversion can be challenging if you don’t have much experience of managing Subversion environments. WANdisco’s Health Check provides a comprehensive pre-implementation or post-implementation audit of your Subversion environment. A named Subversion specialist will work closely with you and your team for up to one full day, helping to develop deployment and growth strategies that are tailored to your particular needs. Every Health Check will be different, but some of the common concerns our specialists address, include:

  • Is my internal network configuration setup correctly?
  • What development process workflow is right for me?
  • What tools/plugins are best for solving my tasks?

While our Health Check app identifies areas that may need improving, our Time-Based Consultancy service implements and delivers tasks that help you get the most out of your Subversion installation. We’ll endeavor to answer all of your questions and guide you through the implementation phase – in some cases, we may even be able to write your code for you!

Again, every package will be tailored to your specific requirements, but some of the issues we commonly help out with, include:

  • Hook script development
  • Performance issues
  • Scalability
  • Backup and recovery
  • Security
  • ……and more!

WANdisco are committed to making it easy and convenient to get the Subversion training you need. For this reason, we’ve made our latest app, Time-Based Consultancy, available as either a standalone, or a bolt-on to an existing professional support contract.

Both of these apps can be purchased from inside your uberSVN installation now. Not yet downloaded uberSVN? Check out some of the feedback we’ve been getting from users, about this award-winning, open ALM platform for Subversion. uberSVN is free to download and free to use – just visit http://www.ubersvn.com/ now to download your copy!

Up to 50% Discount on Enterprise Subversion Training

To celebrate the start of a new year, WANdisco is offering you the opportunity to get organized and arrange all of your Enterprise Subversion training in advance, while enjoying up to a 50% discount.

With our new ‘uberDollars’ training tokens, Apache Subversion users can take advantage of a range of discounts on all of our Enterprise Subversion training courses, which range from an introduction to the core concepts of Apache Subversion, to training for Subversion Administrators, and even a ‘Train the Trainer’ programme for organizations with in-house training staff.

Customers purchasing tokens in advance, will receive the following discounts:

  • A 15% discount on $10,000 tokens
  • A 20% discount on $25,000 tokens
  • A 30% discount on $50,000 tokens
  • A 50% discount on $100,000 tokens

We can also create custom uberDollars packages to suit you, simply specify ‘Other’ when filling in our uberDollars form, and we’ll be in touch.

Please note that this is very a limited New Year’s offer, and it will expire on January 31st, 2012, so act early to avoid disappointment. For more information on our Enterprise Subversion training, or to enquire about purchasing uberDollars, visit our uberDollars page now.