Re: Version Control Software

Subject: Re: Version Control Software
From: "Wayne J. Douglass" <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 09:33:28 -0800

At 07:28 AM 3/25/97 PST, Robert Plamondon wrote:
>>We are looking for a version control software program for our documentation.
>>We use Word as our source documentation. Any suggestions? What is everyone
>I don't like any of the revision control features that I've encountered.
>If you want to be able to reconstruct an older version, they all have
>tremendous flaws. Interleaf doesn't track changes to diagrams or styles.
>Nobody tracks changes to material linked to the document.
>Thus, in my opinion, none of the revision tracking software meets
>my most rudimentary qualifications (that of being able to reconstruct
>the old version), so I mostly just create a new directory, copy everything
>in it, and work from there. This is revision control by replication,
>which has the advantage of being both simple and robust.
Depending on the size of your operation, Robert's scenario is eminently
doable. At my previous company (albeit a small one), we worked exactly like
this. Once somebody from QA asked me if my department could produce the
documents for any given version of the software. I said yes and challenged
Development to produce the actual down rev version of the software (it was
that kind of company).

--Wayne Douglass

Verity, Inc. Email: wayned -at- verity -dot- com
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