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Re: using cvs on a multi-developer web project ,help?

From: Noel Yap
Subject: Re: using cvs on a multi-developer web project ,help?
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 04:12:26 -0700 (PDT)

--- Paul Tomsic <address@hidden> wrote:
> what's the ideal way to deploy CVS in a
> web-development context using Apache/Tomcat.

I've already given my opinion on this so I won't
elaborate more on it.

> How would a web-based implementation of CVS be
> different than a software build type CVS
> implementation?

IMHO, the difference is that developers need to
install their product into a development environment
(rather than using the built product straight out of
the working directory).

> Noel adviced to not have a shared working directory
> for different developers, but what if you simply
> need
> to change one minor thing on a JSP page, then save
> it
> and refresh the browser to see the change on a
> development machine?   Would that entail a checkin
> then a commit, thus forcing all other developers to
> update their working directories?

As I said above, developers need to install into their
environment to test out their changes.  If they
checkin without testing, like in all other projects,
they risk broken builds, bugs, ...

> Moreover, do all developers set up a working
> directory
> in their home directory, then a virtual server to
> point to that location, and when they're done w/
> their
> "piece" of the site, do they commit it to the main
> trunk?

Unless I'm missing something, yes.

> Should all developers get a "branch" ?

Since the task is more interesting than the developers
who worked on it, I personally prefer task branches
over developer branches.  Moreover, CVS doesn't handle
seemlessly remerges onto the same branch as would
happen with developer branches.

> Anyone have any experience deploying CVS for web
> implementations?

I think the build and deploy process is independent of
the source control system.


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