RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 49, Issue 19

Subject: RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 49, Issue 19
From: GILLIOTTE Valérie <vgilliotte -at- mega -dot- com>
To: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:09:53 +0100

Hello again,
Originally it is the developemnt request but the tech pub can have some interest in some way.
Yes we have both Synergy and Change..
To be continued !
We are at a point where we ask ourselves lots of questions about the tools, as there has been some restructuring lately. It's good to be able to exchange on the list about it.

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Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 09:20:57 -0800
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Using Synergy configuration management system with Frame
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Your original post said your development team would like you to use Synergy "to store FrameMaker files and better track changes in documentation."So the docs department has no goal here except to satisfy dev, is that right? If so, you could probably just check in everything every night and check it back out (or check it in while keeping it checked out, if Synergy has that feature) without changing your procedures at all. That would give you a daily backup / change archive in the system.

As a writer, I doubt I've ever spent more than five minutes a week dealing with a version control system. I've spent a lot of time working with them in an administrative capacity, when setting up automated build procedures, migrating from SourceSafe to Perforce, and so on, but they're no big deal for end users.

I've never been in a situation where we purchased a VCS specifically for documentation, it's always been an easy choice since the programmers were using one anyway.

Do you have both Rational Synergy and Rational Change, or just Synergy?

2009/11/18 GILLIOTTE Val?rie <vgilliotte -at- mega -dot- com>:
> @ Chris : about the screenshots being in the same directory. The reason was that some screenschots were shared between projects. But you're right, it could be a problem if we want to take a project with us ... Up till now it has not been a problem, which does not mean it won't be in the future.
> @ Robert about "You can get or update local read-only copies of the files without checking them out"
> I had not understood that part ...
> One of my developers told me it could take about 1O% extra-time to work with a source control system ... Are you OK with that as far as documentation is concerned ? It could bring advantages just before the release of a version, with a burden for the rest of the time. We have to figure out if it is worth it ... and if we are prepared to change a bit our processes.
> I don't kwow why, but I have the impression that a source control system would be most cost-efficient when working with a modular documentation based on small topics, which is not our case ...

ou for your cooperation.

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