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RE: AW: Multiple cvs users in one checkout area

From: Brandon Brinkley
Subject: RE: AW: Multiple cvs users in one checkout area
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 10:31:27 -0500

> IMHO, ideally, developers should not be sharing any
> resources.

In most cases I agree, if 'personal' versions of large products are
available, manageable, not cost-prohibitive, etc.

> What happens if a developer drops a table, or renames
> a column, or changes a stored proc?
> What happens if a developer
> bounces or crashes the server?
> What happens if a developer renames a stored proc,
> changes the arguments to one, or changes the type of a
> column?

If the system, including the data model, was adequately designed, then table
defs, code interfaces (signatures), etc. should be documented and adhered to
during coding.  I understand that small development efforts do not always
employ such rigorous steps such as design, but the project described in the
original post didn't sound like a small effort to me.

I agree that server problems are a risk, but steps can be taken to mitigate
those risks.

> Of course, if there are only a few developers, the
> problems from above may be tolerable.  OTOH, if
> there's more than just a few developers, work starts
> to become fighting amongst each other.

Again, a good design and stakeholder/SME consensus can help reduce or
eliminate this kind of behavior.  That is, unless office politics, workgroup
rivalries, and other such human-related problems become more important than
producing quality software.

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