Written by members of the development team that maintains Subversion, this is the official guide and reference manual for the popular open source revision control technology. The new edition covers Subversion 1.5 with a complete introduction and guided tour of its capabilities, along with best practice recommendations.
Version Control with Subversion is useful for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, from those with no previous version control experience to experienced system administrators.
Subversion is the perfect tool to track individual changes when several people collaborate on documentation or, particularly, software development projects. As a more powerful and flexible successor to the CVS revision control system, Subversion makes life so much simpler, allowing each team member to work separately and then merge source code changes into a single repository that keeps a record of each separate version.
Inside the updated edition Version Control with Subversion, you'll find:
An introduction to Subversion and basic concepts behind version control
A guided tour of the capabilities and structure of Subversion 1.5
Guidelines for installing and configuring Subversion to manage programming, documentation, or any other team-based project
Detailed coverage of complex topics such as branching and repository administration
Advanced features such as properties, externals, and access control
A guide to best practices
Complete Subversion reference and troubleshooting guide
If you've never used version control, you'll find everything you need to get started. And if you're a seasoned CVS pro, this book will help you make a painless leap into Subversion.
C. Michael Pilato (Mike) is a core Subversion developer, and a leader in the Subversion community. He is currently employed by CollabNet, where he spends his days (and many nights) improving Subversion and other tools with which it integrates. A husband and father, this North Carolina native also enjoys composing and performing music, freelance graphic design work, hiking, and spending quality time with his family. Mike has a degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Ben Collins-Sussman, one of the founding developers of the Subversion version control system, led Google’s Project Hosting team and now manages the engineering team for the Google Affiliate Network. He cofounded Google’s engineering office in Chicago and ported Subversion to Google’s Bigtable platform. Ben coauthored Version Control with Subversion, and contributed chapters to Unix in a Nutshell and Linux in a Nutshell.
Brian Fitzpatrick leads Google’s Data Liberation Front and Transparency Engineering teams and has previously led Google's Project Hosting and Google Affiliate Network teams. He cofounded Google’s Chicago engineering office and serves as both thought leader and internal advisor for Google's open data efforts.
The animals on the cover of Version Control with Subversion, Second Edition, are hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) or Honu'ea, as they are known in Hawaii. The hawksbill is a medium-sized turtle weighing up to 270 pounds, with a shell length of about 3 feet. This sea turtle can be found in tropical reef areas in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. The hawksbill gets its name from its distinctive beak-like mouth, and it is also recognized for its beautiful shell coloring, known as "tortoise shell," which was exploited by the fashion industry for many years. Hawksbill sea turtles are listed as an endangered species in Hawaii and are protected under the state law as well as many other endangered species laws.
Sea turtles are highly migratory and have unique nesting habits. Nesting occurs at night, typically between May and October. First, the females go ashore and look for small, isolated beaches where they can lay their eggs. After they choose a site, usually beyond the tideline, they dig a pit with their flippers and excavate an egg chamber. Sea turtles only nest every two to three years, but they can lay up to six clutches of eggs in one breeding season. A single nesting can contain as many as 230 eggs, with the average being about 130. When the last egg has been laid, the females cover the chamber with sand and return to the sea, leaving the eggs behind.
The eggs incubate in their sand chambers for two to three months, and then hatching takes place over several days. At birth, a hatchling is so small it can fit into the palm of a human hand. The newborn turtles emerge from their chambers in groups at night, when the sand is cool and there is less threat of predators. They immediately head toward the sea, guided by the moonlight and the stars' reflections on the water. But they face severe challenges during this journey, and the mortality rate is high, as many of them fall prey to shorebirds and crabs. The turtles that safely reach the ocean disappear into it and may only venture out again years later.
The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from Cuvier's Animals. The cover font is Adobe ITC Garamond. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSansMonoCondensed.