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RE: New member

From: Zieg, Mark
Subject: RE: New member
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 16:14:41 -0500

> Thanks for the info although you quoted me wrong on my second question,
your answer made sense. 

'twas meant as an analogy.  s'okay, you mispelled my name :-)

> So to be more specific, I will be setting up CVS for a multi platform,
> multi OS environment where the developers will work either/or remotely
> in the office, some of them are very junior and some of them highly
> experience. I will also be supporting those users so I was thinking
> of using a web client so that I would only have to support one CVS client.
There are fans of both WinCVS and jCVS.  I'm not a GUI user myself, but in
those cases where I had to choose, I prefer the Java GUI clients because
then (as you indicated) I only had one client to support for any platform
(Windows, Linux, Mac, etc).

If your junior coders know how to use vi, then they could certainly handle
cmd-line cvs.  On the other hand, if they live and breathe in TextPad or
some other Windows editor, then WinCVS or jCVS would seem to fit the bill.

You may consider this an opportunity to upgrade the skills of your junior
coders.  I've been in a situation similar to yours a couple of times, and
what we did in each case was take a week to teach the junior members how to
use Cygwin (or U/Win, in one shop), or true telnet/ssh to a Unix dev box,
and make the investment in training the team to learn how to use a real
development environment.

Most were able to make the transition, and the whole group benefited as a
result.  Those who couldn't learn how to work in a command-line
environment...well, perhaps t'were best that those mis-hires were identified
sooner rather than later.  It's a tough world.

Any client -- any at all -- should be able to bridge the "working locally vs
working remotely" gap.

> By best I meant easy to support, easy to learn, lots of functionality
> and a high quality product that is stable, and offer good security. Do
> any of the web clients fit that bill?

I'm not aware of any web-based client that is good for anything except
browsing the tree (as opposed to real development).  Besides, the security
of any web-based client would be entirely dependent on whether you had an
SSL certificate for HTTP/S, or a private VPN/intranet, etc.


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