[Q] Collaborative Team Work

Avi Bryant avi at beta4.com
Sat Apr 20 00:47:27 UTC 2002

On Fri, 19 Apr 2002, Martín Altobello wrote:

> Maybe, another way would be to use change sets... but we don't yet master
> that issue. (If this is your choice, pointers on documentation for its use
> would be very much apreciated).
> I believe the concept goal should be to have a centralized repository where
> one can automatically "syncronize" before and after producing work.

We use a very simple versioning system that uses change sets to
synchronize in the following way:

- first, your current changeset is sent via HTTP PUT to the server.  It's
added to a directory for the project and sequentially numbered.  A fresh
changeset is started for subsequent changes, and an email is sent out
notifying everyone of the commit.

- then, an HTTP GET tells the server the number of the last changeset you
have received from it.  It sends you back the concatenation of all the
changesets it has in the project's directory since that number, along with
doIts to increment your stored version number.  This is filed in.

It works pretty well.  The main things you have to worry about are
separating your changes into separate changesets based on modules before
you commit (easy with the Dual Change Sorter), and tweaking the repository
if things go wrong (easy since it's structured just as a series of .cs
files in a directory).   The server itself consists of a couple of small
Ruby CGI scripts.  Authentication is done through standard HTTP basic

It's not in great shape for distribution (stuff relating to our servers is
hard coded in, etc), but if you're interested in using it anyway, email


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