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PLUG Talk July: Intro into Subversion

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Talk: Alastair Irvine believes in the right tool for the job. At this PLUG talk, he will be giving an introduction to Subversion including a few demos, some of which will be interactive. Feel free to bring your laptop.

Where: 45 St Georges Terrace Perth CBD. (yes the old reserve bank)

Time: 6:30-8:30PM

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Synopsis: Subversion is a more primitive revision control system than the distributed revision control systems in common use today, e.g. Git and Mercurial. Therefore it has several problems that they don't suffer from. However, these problems only usually occur when doing collaborative development. I believe there is a place for just about every tool, and in a more simplistic situation, Subversion can be quicker to get started with. It's certainly easier to learn. When your revision control needs are straightforward, it's OK to start with this and if you need to migrate to Git later, there are some tools that can help.

This talk will cover the following:

  • repository setup

  • what is a working copy?

  • backups

  • merging

Bio: Alastair is a Software Engineer and system administrator by trade. I have a BSc in Computer Science from Curtin University. My computer-related interests lie in various areas within my trade; suffice to say that I am a "geek of many colours". :) I am a die-hard FOSS user and Linux fan. I am a freelancer with my own business. Warpspace IT is a consultancy with a fairly broad focus on the technical side of IT.

45 St Georges Terrace · Perth