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Pragmatic Subversion, 2nd Edition


Version control is the lifeblood of software projects, but it often becomes complicated and overly difficult in practice. The first edition of Pragmatic Version Control using Subversion solved that problem with a pragmatic guide to getting started with version control, including simple recipes for managing day-to-day development tasks using Subversion, a widely-used Open Source version control system.

Time marches on, and the Subversion system has added new features and new functionality. In Pragmatic Version Control Using Subversion, 2nd Ed. (Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$34.95, 0-9776166-5-7), original author Mike Mason revises this great book to include the latest features from Subversion 1.3.

Mike Mason tells us, “this book can help your developers become more efficient—they’ll work better as a team, and keep on top of software complexity.” Mike brings key points of version control workflow to life with real-world examples using Subversion. The book also includes additional sections on installing Subversion, creating a repository, configuring network access, common, “daily use” recipes, as well as more advanced topics such as tagging, branching, organizing your project and tracking third-party content.

Mike offers plenty of help for people getting started, and includes sections on migrating to Subversion from CVS, installing and networking Subversion, and administering a repository. Client-side tools, including GUI tools and IDE-integration plugins, are also covered.

New for the second edition

  • Revised content to reflect all the major changes to Subversion 1.3
  • New chapter on Subversion’s optional file locking to help you manage unmergeable binary files
  • New sections covering path-based security for both the svnserve and Apache networking servers
  • New advanced topics chapter covering programmatic access to Subversion and advanced repository management

Readers just starting out with version control will appreciate this book—it covers the basics that they’ll need to get their job done. But it’s also suitable for people who’ve been using version control for years, as it contains simple solutions to replace their existing, overly-complicated workarounds. Finally it provides a straightforward guide to getting started with the increasingly-popular Subversion system: installing, networking and administering a repository.

Reviewer Praise

I expected a lot, but you surprised me with even more. Having used CVS for years I hesitated to try Subversion until now, although I knew it would solve many of the shortcomings of CVS. After reading your book, my excuses to stay with CVS disappeared. Oh, and coming from the Pragmatic Bookshelf this book is fun to read too.

Steffen Gemkow,
Managing Director
ObjectFab GmbH

I’m a long-time user of CVS, and I’ve been skeptical of Subversion, wondering if it would ever be “ready for prime time”. Until now. Thanks to Mike Mason for writing a clear, concise, gentle introduction to this new tool. After reading this book, I’m actually excited about the possibilities for version control that Subversion brings to the table.

David Rupp,
Sr. Software Engineer
Great-West Life & Annuity

Book Information

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Pragmatic Version Control using Subversion (2nd edition)

by Mike Mason

ISBN: 9780977616657, 248 pages, $34.95US, $45.95CA, 7.5×9.

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Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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