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Re: Question on use of Task Branches

From: Pierre Asselin
Subject: Re: Question on use of Task Branches
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 04:44:28 +0000 (UTC)
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Rojal Pradhan <address@hidden> wrote:
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> What are the pros and cons of implementing individual task branches? Is
> it better to use it or stay away from it?

> >From what I know:

> Pros:
> *       Allows developers to checkout and commit their own work without
>         affecting anyone.

That's also a con, because it delays integration of their changes to the
mainline.  The task branches become just a way to evade the "concurrent"
in "concurrent version system".

> *       They can review their own changes over time before they decide
>         to merge it to the trunk.
> *       Re-viewers can check out the individual task branch.

> Cons:
> *       Can clutter up the repository with many tags and branches. 

That's probably manageable if you keep the branches short.

As a rule, I would avoid task branches unless there is a strong
possibility that the task will be abandoned.  It's easier to
undo changes on a branch (by not merging them) than on the trunk.

pa at panix dot com

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