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Comment: Re:Too bad... (Score 1) 262

by downward dog (#14165867) Attached to: Adobe Acquiring Macromedia on December 3, 2005
I used Dreamweaver's "Site Management" for about two years until I realized what a mess it was. In a perfect world, with one developer only and one development computer only and a lot of spare time, it works. But when you introduce a second (or third or fourth) developer, or you move to a new computer, or you get sick of three hour FTP synchronizations or having the "Cancel" button lock up your computer, or you want to code AND synchronize at the same time, it is terrible. Maybe Dreamweaver 8 takes care of a few of these problems, but it doesn't take care of the flawed philosophy behind check-in/check-out.

We moved to source control about six months ago. Subversion took about three hours to learn, and it is free, and there are easy-to-use tools available for Windows and Mac (Tortise for PC, Textmate etc. for Mac).

Subversion (and other source control products like CVS) let you check in and check out your code, but instead of locking a file, multiple users can work on the files at the same time. The program is smart enough to merge the versions successfully most of the time, and when it can't, it lets you know so that you can resolve the conflict. More importantly, you never need to worry about having the latest version of a file or overwriting someone else's change.

Source control reduced our versioning conflicts by about 99% and has saved us countless hours. I am really ashamed for the years I spent without it. Do yourself a favor, all you Dreamweaver users out there, and try it out.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy

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