Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Listen with Prime Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More detail than the Pragmatic book, 21 Mar. 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Version Control with Subversion (Paperback)
I read "Pragmatic Version Control: Using Subversion" before reading "Version Control with Subversion". For most people, I would say that is the correct order in which to approach these two books. The Pragmatic book is much more readable, but "Version Control with Subversion" goes into greater depth, answering some of the questions that the Pragmatic book doesn't. It still contains tutorial material, but also feels like a more authoritative reference.

Most developers think reading about version control is a waste of their time (surely they should be reading about C# or Python or the latest webby thing instead?). I disagree with that - there is little point developing fantastic code if you then lose your greatest work because version control isn't being used correctly. However, I am also realistic about how much time most developers can be persuaded to spend reading about subjects such as version control. Therefore, I would suggest that most developers on a team using Subversion should read the Pragmatic book, as that will give them enough detail to do what they need to, but without being too long or being heavy to read. However, I think it is worth a couple of developers at each site spending the extra time required to also read "Version Control with Subversion" in order to sort out the organisation and practices to follow at that site, including development of any scripts that might be required to support those practices. "Version Control with Subversion" gives extra detail about the differences between version 1.4 and 1.5 of Subversion, more detail on the pros and cons of using properties, use of externals etc. Most developers don't need to know these things, but a few do.

So, a good book, a bit heavier to read than the Pragmatic book, but still worth the effort for those developers who need to get involved in version control a bit more deeply.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details

Item

Reviewer

J. S. Hardman
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   

Location: Near London, UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,322