Essential CVS
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2003
Pages: 336

CVS, the Concurrent Versions System, is the popular source-code management tool that frees developers from the chaos that too often ensues when multiple users work on the same file. An open source technology that is available on most computer platforms, including Windows® and Mac OS® X, CVS is widely used to manage program code, web site content, and to track changes made to system configuration files. Multiple users can check out files from a directory tree, make changes, and then commit those changes back into the directory. If two developers modify the same file, CVS enables both sets of changes to be merged together into one final file. Although CVS is a lifesaver in many development scenarios, it suffers from poor documentation. But with Essential CVS, developers can have it all: the order that CVS brings and the comprehensive documentation developers need.Essential CVS is a complete and easy-to-follow reference that helps programmers and system administrators apply order to the task of managing large quantities of documents. The book covers basic concepts and usage of CVS, and features a comprehensive reference for CVS commands--including a handy Command Reference Card for quick, on-the-job checks. The book also includes advanced information on all aspects of CVS that involve automation, logging, branching and merging, and "watches." Readers will find in-depth coverage of the following:

  • Installing CVS and building your first repository
  • Basic use of CVS, including importing projects, checking out projects, committing changes, and updating projects
  • Tagging, branching and merging
  • Working with multiple users
  • Clients, operating systems, and IDEs
  • Repository management and managing remote repositories
  • Project administration, including bug tracking systems, enforcing log messages, history and annotation, and more.
  • Troubleshooting
Version control is essential to maintaining order in any project, large or small. Any CVS user, from beginners to team leaders and system administrators, will find this practical guide to CVS indispensable in getting the most from this valuable tool.
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Essential... yep!

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This book is well organized, logically layed out, it has an excellent index, the cited samples are plentiful and useful.

In the series of outstanding O'Reilly books, this one stands out. The author seems to have anticipated every question I'd have, and written a clear, concise, authoritative and accurate answer. It manages to cover the material without a lot of extraneous fluff, while avoiding being compleltely dry.

On a scale of 1 to 10, this one rates an eleven.

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I am an IT professional in Silicon Valley who is constantly called upon

to jump from mainframes to unix minis, to Windows, to C++, to java to

......I can do all but an expert at none. I was recently called

upon to implement CVS and WinCVS for a subsidiary of Siemens. I had

very little experience with CVS prior to buying this book. To make a

long story short, I purchase this book and had CVS up and running

with WinCVS clients in a few days. I even understand what I was doing

and why I was doing it. This book contained the exact information I

needed in a perfect "how to" format...thank you for

an excellent book !

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this is an excellent book that is well organized for use both

as a tutorial and as a reference. i've found several sections of

it immediately useful and recommend it to anyone interested in

or using cvs.

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