Re: Concurrent Versions System and Best Practices

Subject: Re: Concurrent Versions System and Best Practices
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 13:09:10 -0800

Ganesh Kabadi wrote:

I'm a Junior Technical Writer working onsite, and (is a comma before
an 'and' correct usage?) I noticed, a Senior Engineer who just joined
here likes to advise me on my job :) I use Microsoft Word and he
mentioned CVS and Best Practices to me today. I don't know if there
have been threads on these earlier. I checked and didn't find much.
Can you guys advise me on these? Some interesting links will help
too. Is using CVS a standard practice in the US? What is Best
Practices and where should I look for material for educating myself
on them. Your inputs are solicited.

CVS is a command line tool, and free software. It's fairly widely used world-wide, especially on UNIX and Linux, for version control for software. I haven't heard of it used too often for documentation, but it is done; in fact, I may be using it myself soon on a project. You can find out how to use it by typing "man cvs" or "info cvs" on a UNIX/Linux system (without the quotation marks). If you prefer hardcopy, I recommend O'Reilly's "CVS Pocket Reference."

In this context, "Best Practices" is probably just an engineer's way of saying, "using CVS is a good thing to do."

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