RE: ClearCase

Subject: RE: ClearCase
From: "McCarter, Kim" <kmccarte -at- harris -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 08:05:03 -0500


As far as I can tell (and I've been using ClearCase for over a year), ClearCase
is pretty much a walk in the park compared to other document containment
systems. We tried to move to another containment system (I won't name names on
list) that we paid A LOT of money for, because it promised the ability to reuse
text. That was an abysmal failure - the system lost changes and links right and
left, locked up our systems, and caused all sorts of strange phenomena in our
docs and on our computers. Finally, after a few months of fighting the system
(and backing up our docs on our own PCs since we didn't trust the system - for
good reason), our team rebelled (literally). We are now happily back in
ClearCase and things are moving smoothly along - and new members of our team are
able to pick up the procedures and interact with Canterbury after only about an
hour of explanation.

I'd recommend it to anyone. The ONLY drawback I see is the amount of memory it
takes to maintain version after version after version of large documents - for
that reason, when we're making changes to documents, we check out only
individual files, not entire books. We only check out the entire books when
we're prepping for a release and need to update the entire book.

My advice? Enjoy the ease of ClearCase!!


Kim McCarter
Information Design & Development
Harris Corporation, Network Support Division
(321) 724-3497
kmccarte -at- harris -dot- com

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