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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.

 

Subversion Tip of the Week

Quickstart: Getting Started with Jenkins and Subversion

The Jenkins open source continuous integration server can be a valuable tool for Apache Subversion users. It can be configured to watch for code changes in repositories, to automatically perform builds, to notify users, and perform other useful tasks on both remote and local machines. The easiest way to integrate Jenkins with Subversion, is through uberSVN and its integrated uberAPPS store. In this easy, five step guide, we’ll walk you through installing Jenkins in uberSVN.

1) Select the ‘uberAPPS’ tab from within ‘uberSVN’ to be taken to the store front, where you can select Jenkins.
2) From the Jenkins product screen, click ‘Download Now’ to download Jenkins.

3) Once the download is complete, click ‘Activate.’
4) You will notice a new Jenkins tab appear. Select this tab to go to uberSVN’s integrated Jenkins screen.

5) From here, you can optionally decide whether to make Jenkins visible to all users, or define exactly who can access the tool.

Get started with uberSVN now – download it for free from http://www.ubersvn.com/

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.

Apache Subversion: Access Control Options

Subversion Access Control is a security solution for Apache Subversion that goes well beyond what SVN can provide on its own. To fully understand the benefits of Subversion Access Control, we’ll first look at the fundamental technical differences between Subversion’s built-in security functionality, and WANdisco’s Subversion Access Control product.

Apache Subversion…….

In Apache Subversion, user authentication is performed either through a local passwd file or from an LDAP or Active Directory server. Apache also provides an Authorization Layer for defining more granular control of repository objects, but managing text based rules through the Authz file can become difficult as the number of users and repositories inevitably increases.

…..v.s Subversion Access Control

Subversion Access Control is implemented as a proxy from the local Subversion server. It works directly with your LDAP or Active Directory, meaning you can keep your existing setup.

But what can Subversion Access Control offer you? Here are our ten top features of Subversion Access Control:

1) Easy to install, with no retraining required! Subversion Access Control requires no changes to clients or backend servers, meaning that you can continue to use the Subversion technology you’re familiar with.

2) Easy to use, point and click interface.

3) Access control made easy! The ability to implement and maintain complex security policies with minimal effort.

4) Audit capabilities – every repository access attempt down to the file level is reported, showing user ID, Subversion command, date and time, IP address of the client machine used, and whether access was allowed or denied

5) Unlimited access control – Subversion Access Control can support any size of development organization with any number of repositories and access control rules.

6) Delegated admin – this option allows the root administrator to create teams and delegate admin authority to team leaders.

7) Automatic LDAP synchronization – Subversion Access Control automatically picks up LDAP user and group membership changes and assigns new users to the Subversion team that corresponds to their LDAP group.

8) Instant alerts – your security administrators receive immediate alerts for any access violations.

9) Integrated seamlessly with Subversion MultiSite – Subversion Access Control can be implemented standalone, or in combination with Subversion MultiSite for distributed development teams. With Subversion MultiSite, security policy changes made at one location are immediately replicated to every other to enforce consistency across all sites.

10) Available for uberSVN! – uberSVN is the free, open ALM platform for Apache Subversion that has won a string of industry awards and received an overwhelmingly positive response from the Subversion community. For those who want to combine this award winning platform with a fully functional security solution, Access Control is available through the uberAPPS store.

Here’s just some of the benefits of deploying this enterprise-level Access Control functionality with uberSVN:

  • Full authorization/authentication
  • Define Access Control rules through a simple point-and-click interface
  • Delegated admin control
  • Define control within each Team/sub-Team to a granular level
  • Assign Team Leaders
  • Audit capabilities
  • Support for ecosystems without internet access

Interested in finding out more about access control options? We’ll be running a free Subversion training webinar on November 15th that covers the pros and cons of the following methods of access control:

  • Apache Subversion access control
  • Hook scripts
  • uberSVN
  • Subversion Access Control from WANdisco

Visit the ‘Access Control Options with Subversion’ webinar page now to register. Remember that spaces are limited, so register now to avoid missing out.

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.

WANdisco’s May Roundup

This month, we’ve been busy creating new products for our award winning uberSVN platform and its growing community of users, and we’re proud to have just launched uberSVN Access Control. uberSVN Access Control combines uberSVN’s social coding capabilities, easy-to-use interface and uberAPPS store, with the enterprise functionality of our Subversion Access Control product. Before uberSVN Access Control, we were receiving requests from enterprise users who were interested in deploying uberSVN, but who needed some additional functionality first, so we’re particularly excited about this launch! The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, but if you have anymore feedback, questions or comments about uberSVN Access Control, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In addition to releasing uberSVN Access Control, we improved the privacy policy for uberSVN. Our new policy makes installation information anonymous whilst still allowing WANdisco to validate key non-personal information against registered produces and services. (This policy came into effect as of May 24th, 2012.)

We’ve also been busy bringing the SVN community the latest, certified open source Apache Subversion binaries, after the release of Subversion 1.7.5. Subversion 1.7.5 features a string of enhancements, including a performance improvement for scanning the working copy root, and a memory and file-handle management improvement, alongside a list of bug fixes.

We made another big announcement this month: Subversion Live is back for 2012! After getting a great response from the Apache Subversion community in 2011, the conference is back for another year. Subversion Live 2012 will take place in San Francisco (October 10th & 11th) Greenwich, Connecticut (October 16th & 17th) and London (October 23rd & 24th.) The conference will feature a unique mix of sessions, expert-led best practices workshops and invaluable networking opportunities.

Confirmed sessions include:

  • What’s coming in 1.8
  • Best Practices for Large SVN Deployments
  • Subversion Server Tuning Demo
  • New Developments in SVN Clients
  • Merge & Performance Improvements
  • Branching & Merging Best Practices
  • Hook Scripts
  • Apache Bloodhound

Visit http://www.wandisco.com/svn-live-2012 to learn more.

Members of the WANdisco team were also lucky enough to attend the Jenkins User Conference in New York this month.

The Jenkins User Conference brings Jenkins experts and community enthusiasts from around the world together for a full day of learning and networking opportunities, focused on the popular open source continuous integration server.

The WANdisco team had a great time attending the different sessions, which covered all the latest and greatest Jenkins technology, best practices, and hands-on workshops and demos.

We’re all big fans of Jenkins at WANdisco, and are looking forward to putting what we learned into practice – thank you to CloudBees and of course, the Jenkins community, for putting on such a great event!

As a proud CloudBees partner, not only did we attend JUC NY, but we’re sponsoring two of the conferences. “We are thrilled to have WANdisco join CloudBees and the other sponsors in supporting the Jenkins community,” said Kohsuke Kawaguchi, creator of Jenkins.

Missed out on all the fun? Team WANdisco will also be attending the San Francisco JUC in September. We’re looking forward to meeting more of the Jenkins community (and maybe even some of the Jenkins+uberSVN community then!

Finally, we were proud to win the Technology Provider award at the Yorkshire International Trade Awards, 2012 this month. The Yorkshire International Trade Awards celebrate the success of companies involved with overseas trade, and international businesses who invest in the Yorkshire and Humberside area.

Speaking about their decision to name WANdisco as Technology Provider, the judges said: “It is clearly playing in some big global markets. This is really advanced technology – you can see it is on an upward path – and it is selling that technology to some really big companies.”

We had a great time at the awards ceremony at the Royal Armouries, and want to thank the whole Yorkshire International Trade Awards team for putting on such a great event!

Subversion Access Control comes to uberSVN

It’s been a great first year for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion. Not only has this unique, SVN-based product been awarded the Made in Sheffield mark and Business IT Innovation of the Year medal, it’s also received a positive response from the community, and some fantastic reviews by the IT media. However, we’ve also received requests from large development organizations that want to deploy uberSVN enterprise-wide, but need a fully functional security solution first. That’s why we’re excited to announce an update that combines the full authentication, authorization and audit capabilities of our enterprise-class Subversion Access Control product with uberSVN’s social coding capabilities, easy-to-use interface and uberAPPS store.

Here’s a summary of what the uberSVN Access Control uberAPP adds to uberSVN:

  • An easy-to-use, point-and-click interface that enables you to implement and maintain the most complex security policies with minimal effort.
  • Delegated administration features that allow team administrators to configure access control policy for their team’s members.
  • LDAP integration.
  • Audit capabilities that track every user access attempt at a granular level.
  • Support for environments without internet access.

uberSVN Access Control is available through uberAPPS. Simply click on the uberAPPS tab within your installation to request your uberSVN Access Control free trial license and we’ll help you get started.

Not yet using uberSVN? It’s free to download and free to use, simply visit http://www.ubersvn.com/download to get started.

uberSVN Turns One: What’s Next for uberAPPS?

uberSVN is one year old!

It’s been a great first year for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion. Not only has this unique, SVN-based product been awarded the Made in Sheffield mark and Business IT Innovation of the Year medal, but it’s received a positive response from the community, as well as some fantastic reviews by the IT media. But, one of the things we’re particularly proud of, is our uberAPPS store. Since it was launched in July 2011, the partnerships and exciting new apps have just kept on coming!

To celebrate uberSVN’s first birthday, we’ll take a look at all of the apps uberSVN users can now get their hands on, simply by visiting the integrated uberAPPS store.

Jenkins

Jenkins is an easy-to-use, continuous integration system that makes it easy to manage and control an application development lifecycle, focusing on build, documentation, testing, and packaging. Using Jenkins with uberSVN has a long list of benefits, including:

  • Easy installation and configuration.
  • Monitor build results by RSS or e-mail to receive real-time notifications on failures.
  • JUnit/TestNG test reporting.
  • Plugin Support: WANdisco approved Jenkins plugins (coming soon!)

Jenkins & uberSVN Professional Support

Need some extra support for your Jenkins + uberSVN installation? Professional Jenkins Support can be purchased easily from inside the uberAPPS store. Our support staff are fully trained Jenkins experts, and we pride ourselves on ensuring that you get the most out of your Jenkins deployment. Or maybe you’re just after Professional Support for uberSVN? We’ve got this covered too! uberSVN support includes:

  • 24-by-7 online, phone and email support.
  • Guaranteed response times.
  • Automated delivery of fixes and upgrades.
  • Global coverage from the US and Europe.

uTest Express

The world’s largest marketplace for software testing services is also accessible through uberSVN! uTest makes it easy for uberSVN users to get their apps professionally tested under real-world conditions, by offering a range of testing types for web, desktop and mobile apps across all the major operating systems. With each uTest project, you’ll receive detailed bug report with screen captures and steps to reproduce the issues; step-by-step results for each testing task you define; and expert feedback on the design, performance and functionality of your app.

uberSVN Starter Pack

A convenient, lightweight support option for uberSVN users who require something more than the community support available for free at our forum, but who do not wish to commit to a termed Subversion or uberSVN Support contract. Our uberSVN Starter Pack is an entry level support service that’s designed to bring tricky support cases to a speedy conclusion. Our uberSVN Starter Packs are the perfect option for small businesses who are looking for a very flexible, pay-as-you-go model.

TortoiseSVN Support

In a perfect world, you’d never need a support contact and everything ‘just works,’ but no software is perfect, and we pride ourselves on keeping your business running smoothly. We provide a ‘safety net’ for TortoiseSVN users, allowing you to gain access to experts whenever you need them, to ensure that your mission critical services have the maximum available uptime.

Subversion Health Check

Rolling out, implementing and supporting Apache Subversion can be challenging if you or your team do not have much experience of managing Subversion environments. There’s a lot to think about. Our less experienced customers usually need some crucial questions answering, before they move forward with Subversion. WANdisco’s Subversion Health Check service provides a pre-implementation or post-implementation audit of your Subversion environment and we’ll work closely with you to recommend the best business strategies for deployment and growth, whilst lowering the cost of maintaining your environment.

Time-Based Consultancy

With our Time-Based Consultancy package, 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. Everyone’s Time-Based Consultancy package will be different, but some of the areas we commonly cover include:

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

What does the future hold for uberAPPS?

Put simply: more apps! With apps such as SmartSVN, Jenkins plugins, Assembla, and Sonar still to come, we’re confident that uberAPPS will become the place to go for all your ALM needs.

Is there an app that’s seriously missing from uberAPPS? Or a feature you would like to see added to uberSVN? Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your feedback or use the uberSVN:Suggestions forum, and help us make the next twelve months as successful as uberSVN’s first year!

uberSVN One Year On: Your Feedback

uberSVN is one year old!

It’s been a great first year for uberSVN – the innovative, open ALM platform for Apache Subversion has won industry awards, seen the launch of its very own integrated app store, and has been making waves with the IT media. But one thing we’re particularly excited about, is the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had from the community.

Here’s what the community has to say about uberSVN.

  • Your team using SVN? Use it collaboratively the right way @ubersvn is awesome!
  • I’m going to give uberSVN a proper go and look to potentially swap out VisualSVN/CruiseControl.net
  • About to install uberSVN to see what all the fuss is about #uberSVN
  • @WANdisco @uberSVN you guys are awesome. Seriously the first svn installer for linux that *just works* =)
  • Just wanted to thank all of you for the amazing job that has been done in uberSVN
  • Congratulations to WANdisco and their innovative techniques in source code management

Tell us about yourself Rob?

I’m a ColdFusion developer, I’ve been at it for over fifteen years. I’m also a huge fan of jQuery, and really, technology in general. I’m a big proponent of MVC/OO frameworks, and I go out of my way to write good code. For the past three years, I’ve been living full time in an RV. I move around to where the work is, it’s the best way to stay employed. I’ve lived in San Jose for a couple of years, where I worked for eBay and Adobe. On top of that, I’ve been developing some specialized software for this new business that will dramatically reduce the amount of time required to match properties with buyers.

What revision control did you previously employ?

My first introduction to version control was with Source Safe many years ago. From there, I moved to SVN and was confused for a while until I figured it out. For one project, I used the “free” single project account at Codesion. I was on the verge of upgrading that account when, one day, I was minding my own business and reading my Twitter feed, when I saw a posting about “uberSVN” from Wandisco. I hit paydirt! I downloaded their free SVN server and installed it on my Windows server and had it running in under ten minutes. I now have eight or nine repositories running on it, and I back them up via Carbonite.

What do you use uberSVN for?

I currently have several clients, each one with multiple projects. One of them already uses SVN at another location, but the other does not. Since I work from multiple computers, SVN makes it much simpler to keep my code centralized.

Do you have a tip for uberSVN users?

The only tip right now is, if you’re on the fence, just DO it! It’s super simple to setup and administer. A few years ago, I spent three days configuring SVN on a Linux machine and hooking it to Apache. That was a giant PITA. uberSVN was up and running in ten minutes. No joke.

What would you like to see in future releases of uberSVN?

Integration with bug trackers like Bugzilla.

  • I think this is a great value point for uberSVN. I have had to learn to install and administrate Subversion, MediaWiki, Mantis Bug tracker, and Jenkins. However I was hired to write software and that’s what I love. All of this administrating, while also a fun puzzle, is cutting into my software time. Backup and bare metal restore is a concern as all these diverse tools and stacks need to be configured or work with various 3rd party plugins, etc. Centralized management of these diverse but useful tools is a goal that I think will be rewarded and well appreciated. I wish you success and hope to start using uberSVN for production work soon!

  • First of all the software itself is amazing, the GUI is so user friendly that anybody could do it, the installation itself is as easy as 1 2 3, streamlined updates are amazing (To be perfectly honest I was worrying about
    updating it; all the worries were in vain) and the fact that it works is what makes me happy. The team kind of disbanded but in the short period of time that we were together; I never heard a single complaint about it other than the usual “Corin you broke the user permissions again” due to me still being new to the software. Other than that, I have no problems and am pleased with the fact that you are letting people use such professional software for free.

Tell us about yourself Dan…

I’m a Java developer working on some new trading functionality for a project that’s been established for around 5 years. We actively support three major versions, and provide occasional fixes in older releases.

What revision control did you previously employ?

First off, we were using IBM Rational ClearCase, and were really beginning to struggle with ConfigSpec. One incorrect Configspec would set us so far back in our project – it was a real headache! Even worse, ClearCase requires each user to create and manage a new branch everytime a developer wants to work on the code – this forces you to write a new ClearCase ConfigSpec to use the branch! As out project grew, ClearCase was becoming more and more difficult to maintain, and we didn’t have the resources needed to maintain it, both in terms of staff and the finances for ongoing professional support. We started off looking at some open source alternatives to ClearCase; not just to eliminate the licensing fees, but because of all the online tutorials and guidelines you can find for most open source solutions. And, I use plenty of open source in my own personal projects, so I’m a big advocate of open source!

What prompted you to switch to uberSVN?

The learning curve of moving from ClearCase to Subversion was the major factor! There was a lot we really liked about Subversion, but in the first few weeks our productivity was flagging. uberSVN really helped here – it was easy-to-use, particularly for our systems administrator. The other big draw, was uberSVN’s activities feeds. Our team is split between three sites, keeping co-ordinated can be a real pain, so it’s really useful to get up-to-the-minute alerts on what other team members are working on.

Do you have a tip for uberSVN users?

Try out the uberAPPS tab in the dashboard! We’re running Jenkins inside uberSVN at the moment. No one on the team has ever used Jenkins before, but through uberAPPS it was easy to download and install, and we really like how every time code is committed to Subversion, Jenkins runs all of our tests. We also get a notification in uberSVN everytime a new release of Jenkins becomes available, so that’s one less update site we need to keep an eye on!

Finally, what do you feel is missing from uberSVN?

It would be great if uberSVN integrated with at least one open source defect tracker, maybe Bugzilla or Trac!

Need some extra help with your uberSVN implementation? Professional support for uberSVN is available. You can also suggest any new features you’d like to see in uberSVN, at our dedicated Suggestions forum, or get free community support at SVNForum.org.

Happy Birthday uberSVN!

uberSVN is one year old! It’s been a great first year for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion. Not only has this unique, SVN-based product been awarded the Made in Sheffield mark and Business IT Innovation of the Year medal, but it’s received a positive response from the community, as well as some fantastic reviews by the IT media. To celebrate uberSVN turning one year old, we’ll be making an exciting announcement later this week – keep checking back for all the latest info! But for now, we’ll take a look back at everything that’s happened over the past twelve months.

Happy first birthday, uberSVN!

April 21st, 2011uberSVN is born! uberSVN is released with the first ever social coding environment for Apache Subversion. Subversion users now have the freedom to build their own complete, ALM solution from the open and closed source components of their choice.

June 1st, 2011Subversion 1.6.17 is released. These binaries are available through uberSVN, as soon as 1.6.17 is released.

July 14th, 2011Professional support for uberSVN is launched, meeting the needs of large development organizations who want to use open source software, but require the security provided by a commercial software support contract.

July 26th, 2011 – The uberAPPS store opens for business! uberSVN users can now enjoy easy one-click deployment with automatic updates, from all of WANdisco’s uberAPPS partners.

July 27th, 2011Jenkins comes to uberSVN through the uberAPPS store. Jenkins is an easy-to-use, continuous integration system to manage and control the application development lifecycle, including build, documentation, testing, and packaging.

August 16th, 2011 – uberSVN is awarded the prestigious ‘Made in Sheffield’ mark. “We take great pride in the fact that WANdisco has been awarded the Mark for uberSVN and that Sheffield is promoting the 21st Century diversity and excellence of companies based here,” says David Richards, WANdisco’s CEO.

August 19th, 2011uberSVN is released for Mac OS X.

October 11th, 2011Subversion 1.7 is released. This is major step forward for the Subversion community, and 1.7 is available through uberSVN on the day of its released.

November 14th, 2011 – uberSVN is awarded a medal for Business IT Innovation of the Year. “Receiving a medal at the BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Award is another great achievement, in what has been a fantastic year for both uberSVN and WANdisco,” says David Richards.

December 5th, 2011 – Another Subversion update arrives! Subversion 1.7.2 is available through uberSVN, on the day of its release.

December 15th, 2011 – uberSVN 11.12 is released, and we announce our codenaming strategy. Apple name their releases after big cats and Google name their releases after desserts, but since uberSVN is developed entirely in Sheffield, UK, we decide to show our support for the local area and name all of our releases after local pubs. uberSVN is codenamed ‘Blake,’ and we have a great night out at the Blake pub in Walkley, UK, to celebrate the release.

January 18th, 2012uTest comes to uberSVN! We announce a new partnership with our crowdsourcing friends, uTest. “We’re excited to join forces with WANdisco and make our service seamlessly available to the thousands of enterprises that rely on uberSVN’s free ALM platform for app development,” says Matt Johnston, CMO of uTest.

January 30th, 2012Professional Jenkins support comes to uberSVN, in cooperation with our friends at CloudBees. “We’re thrilled to be working with WANdisco to support uberSVN users in getting the most out of Jenkins,” says Steven G. Harris, senior vice president of products at CloudBees.

February 9th, 2012 – Two apps are released on the same day! Professional support for TortoiseSVN can be purchased from directly inside your uberSVN installation. We also launch uberSVN Starter Packs, a convenient, lightweight support option for uberSVN users.

February 13th, 2012Subversion 1.7.3 is released, and once again, the latest binaries are immediately available through uberSVN.

March 8th, 2012 – The Subversion community announce version 1.7.4. Once again, the binaries are immediately available through uberSVN.

March 16th, 2012 – Our friends at uTest announce a very exclusive offer especially for the uberSVN community: Bronze uTest Express packages are free for the next 30 days!

This has been a great first year for uberSVN’s community of users, developers, and contributors. Thank you to everyone who got involved! And happy birthday, uberSVN!

WANdisco Launches Brand New Website

As regular visitors to WANdisco.com will already have noticed, we’ve just launched a brand new website!

We think you’ll agree, this is a major improvement on our old website.

With this update, we’ve concentrated on making the WANdisco website easier to navigate, and easy to use, with a section dedicated to what WANdisco is all about. Now, you can easily navigate to all of our products straight from the home page – whether it’s uberSVN, the award winning open ALM platform for Apache Subversion; uberAPPS; or our suite of products for Enterprise Subversion. We’ve also made it easier than ever to keep up to date with all the latest, SVN-related news:

And, of course, we’re proud to show off our customer list, which reads like a who’s-who of the industry:

After months of hard work, we’re excited to finally show off the new website – we hope you like it as much as we do!

What’s next?

Next up, it’s the turn of the WANdisco company blog, and you should see some major changes here soon! We also plan to integrate the uberSVN website into our main website, making WANdisco.com the place to go for all your SVN-related needs.

Feedback?

If you have any comments, questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.