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Happy Holidays from WANdisco!

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2012 has been an amazing year for WANdisco: a successful flotation, a patent approval, two acquisitions, a global series of WANdisco-organized Subversion conferences and upgrading our sponsorship of the Apache Software Foundation were just some of the highlights of the past twelve months.

We have plenty of exciting announcements planned for 2013, but for now we’d just like to thank everyone who has used our products, joined us for a webinar, eTraining or enterprise training session, picked us for your support needs, or provided us with the crucial feedback we need to make our products and services even better.

And, of course, we’d like to wish you a very happy holidays from the WANdisco Team!

WANdisco’s December Roundup

2012 has been an amazing year for WANdisco, but we still had a few more announcements for you this month, including news that we are extending our suite of service and support offerings to include the Git distributed version control system.

“Expanding our support offering to include Git is an obvious step to enable you to deploy and support the trending as well as the leading SCM tools,” said James Creasy, WANdisco’s Senior Director of Product Management in his ‘Supporting Git to Support You’ blog.

Our Git support includes:

  • Guaranteed response times
  • Availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Contact via email or toll-free telephone

Git support is available immediately, please contact sales@wandisco.com for more information.

This news comes hot on the heels of our Big Data and Apache Hadoop announcements last month. WANdisco CEO, David Richards, and core creators of Apache Hadoop Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar recently conducted a webinar that covered how WANdisco sees the future of big data, following our acquisition of AltoStor.

This 30 minute webinar discussed:

  • The cross-industry growth of Hadoop in the enterprise.
  • How Hadoop’s limitations, including HDFS’s single-point of failure, are impacting the productivity of the enterprise.
  • How WANdisco’s replication technology will alleviate these issues by adding high-availability, data replication and data security to Hadoop.

If you missed out on the webinar, you can still find out all about WANdisco, Hadoop and Big Data by checking out the webinar slides on SlideShare.

The Subversion community also found the time for one more release before the holiday season. Subversion 1.7.8 features plenty of fixes and enhancements, including:

  • Adding missing attributes to “svn log -v –xml” output
  • Fixing a hang that could occur during error processing
  • Fixing incorrect status returned by 1.6 API
  • Adding Vary: header to GET responses to improve cacheability
  • Subversion 1.7.8 ignores file externals with mergeinfo when merging

A full list of everything that’s new in Subversion 1.7.8 is available at the Changes file. Free binaries of Subversion 1.7.8 are available to download through the WANdisco website. Users of SmartSVN, the popular cross-platform client for Subversion can also grab an update: SmartSVN 7.5.3 features plenty of improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Refresh option to ask for master password, if required
  • Support launching on Solaris
  • Fix for an internal error that could occur after removing Tag
  • Special characters (e.g ‘:’) no longer cause problems in URLs

More information on the latest changes, is available at the SmartSVN changelog. If you haven’t tried SmartSVN yet, remember you can claim your 30 day free trial of SmartSVN Professional by visiting www.smartsvn.com/download

There’s been plenty of new content at the blog this month, including the first blog from Hadoop core creator Jagane Sundar, WANdisco’s new Vice President of Engineering of Big Data.

In his ‘Design of the Hadoop HDFS NameNode: Part 1 – Request processing’ post, Jagane demonstrates how a client RPC request to the Hadoop HDFS NameNode flows through the NameNode.

hadoop namenode

When you think of “the cloud”, what comes to mind? In his first WANdisco blog, Director of Product Management James Creasy takes a fresh look at one of IT’s biggest buzzwords. He argues that most of the applications used by enterprises were not originally architected for cloud infrastructures, and looks at how this problem could be overcome by “putting the cloud into a virtual eyedropper.” In his second blog, ‘Planned Downtime Is Still Downtime’ James argues that planned outages of critical applications aren’t inevitable:

Through the 20th century and into the 21st we’ve gritted our teeth against this inescapable cost. We’ve built massive failover servers, concocted elaborate master/slave replication schemes, and built businesses around High Availability and Disaster Recovery scenarios (HADR). We thought we were doing the best we can.

And we were, until recently.”

You can read the ‘Planned Downtime is Still Downtime’ post in full at the WANdisco blog.

We also had some new team photos taken by our friend and neighbour at our Electric Works offices, Matt Lollar. We even managed to get some shots outside in the Sheffield sunshine.

wandisco team

Finally, to celebrate the holiday season, we had a little ‘Decorate Your Desk’ competition in the Sheffield office. We even had a roaring log fire!

christmas fire

We have plenty of exciting announcements planned for 2013, but for now we’d just like to thank everyone who has used our products, joined us for a webinar, eTraining or enterprise training session, picked us for your support needs, or provided the crucial feedback we need to make our products and services even better. And, of course, we’d like to wish you a very happy holidays from the WANdisco Team.

 

 

Subversion Properties: SVN:Executable

Many operating systems’ ability to execute a file is governed by the presence of an execute permission bit. As this is typically disabled by default, Apache Subversion users may have to manually enable this permission bit every time they perform an SVN Checkout. If you’re going to be regularly using executable bits in your project, it’s a good idea to set the svn:executable property on the files in question. This internal Subversion property tells SVN which files should be executable, ensuring the correct permission bits are enabled whenever you perform a checkout. (Note, this property has no impact on filesystems that do not support executable permission bits.)

To set svn:executable in SmartSVN, the popular, cross-platform graphical client for Subversion, simply:

1) Select the file you wish to enable the execute permission bit for.
2) Open SmartSVN’s ‘Properties’ menu and select the ‘Executable-Property’ option.

3) Ensure the ‘Executable’ radio button is checked and click ‘Ok.’

4) Perform an ‘SVN Commit’ to share this properties change with the rest of your team.

Want to learn more about Subversion properties? On December 13th we will be holding a free ‘Subversion Properties’ webinar that will cover:

  • Defining properties
  • Property and “Standards and Procedures”
  • Property name rules
  • Automatic Properties
  • Recursively defining properties
  • Examining Properties
  • Removing Properties
  • Keywords

It’s free to attend, but places are limited so register now to avoid disappointment.

WANdisco’s November Roundup

November has seen several big WANdisco announcements: an acquisition, a patent approval, and two prestigious industry awards. Not content with that, we also brought you our usual mix of software updates, community polls and training programs.

First up, we announced our acquisition of AltoStor, a pioneering firm with deep expertise in the Big Data market.

“The AltoStor acquisition will enable WANdisco to launch products quickly into the highly-lucrative Big Data market,” said WANdisco Chairman and CEO David Richards. “Combining our patented technology with AltoStor’s Big Data platform will provide us with a significant competitive advantage and provide organizations with a more reliable approach for managing big data.”

AltoStor founders Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar, who were among the core Apache Hadoop creators, will also be joining the WANdisco team as Chief Architect of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering. Welcome to the team!

If you’d like to find out more about Apache Hadoop, Big Data, and how we’ll be applying our own  active-active replication technology to these areas, we’ll be holding a webinar on Tuesday, December 11th at 10am PST (1pm EST.)

WANdisco and Hadoop: The Future of Big Data for the Enterprise’ will  be conducted by David Richards, Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar.

This 30 minute webinar will cover:

  • The staggering cross-industry growth of Hadoop in the enterprise.
  • How Hadoop’s limitations, including HDFS’s single-point of failure, are impacting productivity.
  • How WANdisco’s active-active replication technology will alleviate these issues by adding high-availability to Hadoop, taking a fundamentally different approach to Big Data.

It’s free to attend, but places are limited so register now to avoid disappointment.

If you’ve ever taken a look at our enterprise Subversion products (such as MultiSite, the unique replication, mirroring and clustering solution) you’ll already be familiar with our core replication technology. We have now been awarded a US ‘Distributed computing systems and system components thereof’ patent that covers this technology. The patent states that “unlike conventional solutions, the multi-site computing system architecture does not rely on a central transaction coordinator that is known to be a single-point-of-failure.”

“”I am delighted the USPTO has allowed WANdisco’s patent, which we believe to be a breakthrough in the field of data replication,” said David Richards “This patent validates our leadership in distributed computing and our belief that no other company can achieve active-active replication over a Wide Area Network.”

Remember, that if you want to try this unique, patented technology for yourselves, you can currently claim a free 15 day trial of Subversion MultiSite.

Continuing with the enterprise announcements, we launched a new enterprise-class, on-demand Subversion training program. We know it’s not always easy to set aside time for enterprise training, so we’ve made it even easier to get the training you need to get the most out of Subversion.

Designed with the enterprise in mind, our step-by-step video modules cover all the crucial SVN topics, including:

  • Basic Operations and Command Line
  • Handling Merge Conflicts
  • Advanced Repository Management
  • SVN Changelists
  • Hook Scripts

Sign up before December 15th, to claim one month of Subversion eTraining for free, with a 6 month agreement, or 3 months free with a 12 month agreement. You can view the complete course list online, or request a quote.

The Apache Bloodhound team recently announced the first release of this new project, and now we’re pleased to see that the second release of Apache Bloodhound has arrived. Apache Bloodhound 0.2 (Incubating) upgrades to Bootstrap version 2.1, and fixes various issues from the 0.1 release, alongside various bug fixes relating to the new user interface.

Although WANdisco are sponsoring some of the initial committers, one of the Apache Bloodhound project’s core goals is to create a strong developer community around the Trac code base in a vendor-neutral location. If you’re interested in participating in the Apache Bloodhound project, you can learn more at the ‘Getting Involved With Apache Bloodhound’ page.

We were also pleased to announce the release of SmartSVN 7.5. SmartSVN 7.5 is a major step forward for the client, bringing the following benefits to the SmartSVN community:

Streamlined and Simplified, A Better UX

  •  New GUI library (SWT) to provide native look and improved responsiveness
  • A clean and compact branching structure view with an Enhanced Revision Graph
  • See file statuses at a glance
  • No longer forced to create a repository profile (profiles can still be used if preferred)

Little Things, Made Easier

  • Edit properties directly in the Repository Browser
  • Export smaller HTML graphic files with the Export option of Revision Graph
  • Remove, Move, and Copy now operate on multiple selected directories
  • Default, unchanged files are not shown. (To find files, use the File Filter)

More Secure

  • The freedom to work offline. When offline, the remote state and transactions are not refreshed automatically – Log and Revision Graph operate from data already stored in the log cache
  • Support for safe password storage with the Plugin-API

Not yet tried SmartSVN? You can claim your 30 day free trial of SmartSVN Professional now.

If you’re a SmartSVN user – or someone interested in getting started with this popular, cross-platform client – we need your input to design our new SmartSVN eTraining modules.

What topics would you like to see in these sessions? Please take a moment to complete our quick poll on what you’d like us to cover in SmartSVN eTraining. Or, if you’d like to see a subject that’s not listed in the poll, please feel free to Contact Us directly.

Finally, we’d like to thank both techMark and Shares Magazine for the two awards we were presented with this month. The first award was presented at the techMark 2012 awards dinner in London in the Emerging Star category, and the second award was at the Shares Awards 2012, in the Best IPO category.

“Our readers who vote for the Shares Award in the Best Initial Public Offering/Fund Raising of the Year category clearly know a good market newcomer when they see one. Prior winners such as Wellstream, Kentz and Waterlogic all have a formidable pedigree and I am delighted to welcome WANdisco to this elite club of winners,” says Russ Mould, editor of Shares Magazine.

WANdisco and Hadoop: Future of Big Data for the Enterprise

You may have already heard that WANdisco has acquired AltoStor, and welcomed AltoStor founders and core creators of Apache Hadoop, Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar to the WANdisco team.

“I believe that the combination of AltoStor’s expertise and WANdisco’s patented active-active replication technology is the proverbial marriage-made-in-heaven,” said WANdisco co-founder and chairman, David Richards. “The AltoStor acquisition will enable us to launch products into the highly lucrative Big Data / Hadoop market early next year.”

Want to learn more about Apache Hadoop, Big Data, and how we’ll be applying our own  active-active replication technology to these areas? Join us on Tuesday, December 11th at 10am PST (1pm EST) for a 30 minute webinar that will deep dive into all these topics.

WANdisco and Hadoop: The Future of Big Data for the Enterprise’ will be conducted by David Richards, and Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar, who have joined WANdisco as Chief Architect of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering for Big Data, respectively.

This 30 minute webinar will cover:

  • The staggering, cross-industry growth of Hadoop in the enterprise.
  • How Hadoop’s limitations, including HDFS’s single-point of failure, are impacting the productivity of the enterprise.
  • How WANdisco’s active-active replication technology will alleviate these issues by adding high-availability to Hadoop, taking a fundamentally different approach to Big Data.

It’s free to register, but places are limited so register now to avoid missing out.

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.

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!

Intro to Pre-Commit Hook Scripts

Hook scripts are executable programs that Apache Subversion users can configure to be triggered by a specific repository event.

When you install Subversion, a ‘hook’ directory is created automatically that contains templates of all the available hook scripts. These .tmpl files contain info about that particular hook script, alongside details on the data that’s passed from Subversion when the hook script is executed.

One hook script is the pre-commit hook script, which executes when a commit transaction happens, but before any changes are applied to the repository. With pre-commit hook scripts, Subversion passes two pieces of information to the hook script: the name of the repository and a uniquely generated name or code for the transaction being committed.

A Basic Pre-Commit Hook Script

Hook scripts work by either exiting with a ‘0,’ which allows the transaction to happen, or by exiting with a ‘1’ which blocks all commits. In this basic example, we’ll show how the ‘exit 1’ command can be used to prevent all transactions.

Locate the pre-commit hook script in the hook directory.

Open the file and replace the text with:

exit 1

This will block all commits, from all users. When you try and commit, you should see a similar message to the one below:

Need more info?

A free replay of our ‘All About Hook Scripts’ webinar is available now. This webinar offers further examples of hook scripts, including start-commit, pre-revproper-change, and pre- and post-lock hook scripts.

Making Your Version Control Solution Agile

Maintaining a successful version control system is an important part of an agile project: version control allows you to easily roll back to a previous revision rather than manually unpicking changes; makes it easy to share your latest changes across distributed teams, and provides you with a quick and convenient sandbox in the form of a branch. These are just some of the benefits of version control, but there are some measures you can take to get even more out of your system. In this post, we share five tips for making your version control solution agile.

1) Set some guidelines

Maintaining a version control system can be a complex task, so implementing some guidelines – and making sure your whole team sticks to them! – can save you from unnecessary admin work later on.

  • Plan your layout – implementing a logical project layout from the very beginning can save you time and energy at a later date. Some version control systems, such as Apache Subversion, don’t impose a particular project structure, so it’s even more important to plan your layout in advance.
  • Be consistent with your file/folder names – a logical naming convention will make it easy to locate particular items.
  • Make your guidelines easily accessible – any conventions should be explained in a coding conventions file, which must be accessible to all members of your team. Consider placing these coding conventions under version control alongside the rest of your project, so they are always to hand.

2) Your code should always compile

In an agile project your code should always compile, which is where version control’s branching and merging functionality comes in handy. Any experimental development or new features should be confined to separate branches, and they should only be brought into the trunk when they’ve been tested to check they won’t break the build. This will ensure that the code in the trunk is always stable, and always compiles.

3) Place your whole project under version control

Version control isn’t just for source code management; you should place all files and folders related to your project under version control. Not only will this make it easier to locate files by keeping everything related to your project in one place, but version control’s ability to roll back to previous revisions is useless if you cannot then use that previous revision, or if you need to spend hours re-instating a list of related tools. Documentation, tools and libraries are all worth placing under version control, alongside your code.

4) Use Branches Wisely

Branches work best when they’re short lived. Being able to create a branch and customize the code to fit a particular customer’s requirements is one of the benefits of version control, but beware of maintaining this branch indefinitely alongside your main development line – multiple codebases can be costly and time-consuming to maintain.

5) Consider Enterprise Version Control Solutions

Our Subversion MultiSite solution combines open source Apache Subversion version control technology with value-added functionality designed to help teams stay agile, including:

  • No single point of failure
  • Automated failover
  • Built-in continuous hot backup and automated recovery
  • Continuous build integration
  • ….and more.

Want to learn more about Subversion MultiSite? On June 6th, 2012 WANdisco will hold a free webinar looking at the findings of an independent Forrester TEI study of a Fortune 500 company that implemented Subversion MultiSite. Visit the ‘Forrester Research on Optimizing Global Distributed Software Development Using Subversion’ page now to register.