[arch-general] 1. Re: version control system for normal user (Magnus Therning)

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Sun Aug 29 04:00:59 EDT 2010

On 28/08/10 16:21, C Anthony Risinger wrote:
> On Aug 28, 2010, at 9:12 AM, Johannes Held <mail at hehejo.de> wrote:
>> git does really support my way of coding. BUT perhaps I've changed
>> my style of
>> coding to match git? Who knows. …
> The thing I think people have the most problems with is the fact that
> git is less of a VCS itself, and more of a _toolkit_ to design your
> own workflow.  It originally was, and very much still is, a simple
> content addressable datastore, that happens to have some conveinence
> layers making it a good DVCS.

Which is one of the main reasons why I personally avoid git.  I want a
not a *toolkit*. :-)

Every single VCS I've used have had the same basic workflow.  Then they add
some stuff on top, and very few end up being unusable (though there are some
notable exceptions).

Git is *extremely* flexible, and allows for custom workflows, just like you
mention.  However, I suspect that about 95% of all projects using git
actually need the flexibility.  My recommendation is always to choose
something other than git if you can get away with it, but choose something
that allows you to migrate to git without too much difficulty.  Then it's
possible to move to git once it's really needed.  There aren't that many who
listen to me though.


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