Fwd: [Python-Dev] Primer on distributed revision control?

Russel Winder russel.winder at concertant.com
Thu Mar 27 10:42:08 GMT 2008


On Wed, 2008-03-26 at 19:42 -0500, Matthew D. Fuller wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 09:19:25AM +0000 I heard the voice of
> Russel Winder, and lo! it spake thus:
> > 
> > Back to the main point though, when are the book(s) on Bazaar going
> > to be on the bookshelves?
> I would suspect, not until after the point at which the average
> elapsed time between major changes in capabilities/gaps/workflows/etc
> is a significant multiple of the time it takes to edit, polish,
> publish, and distribute the book.  That's not a short process, and bzr
> isn't, I would think, standing still enough to be worth trying to go
> through it.
> Of course, there's an obvious way to prove me wrong    8-}

Given that book production is invariably a 6month--18month activity,
there is an issue of versions and lag.  However, the bulk of Bazaar is
already relatively stable, certainly stable enough for the first 50% of
a book to be written and not need changing.  Using bleeding edge and
release versions for all example testing also sorts out a lot of the
aggravation for the other 50%.

Of course the most important point is that the books being proposed here
are not the user manual or the system manual.  The books being mooted
are "learning how to use" type books.  The question that started all
this is whether there needs to be a DVCS savvy book separate from a
non-DVCS savvy one.  At the minute my feeling is that the answer is no.
What is really more important is that there are books on Bazaar on
Amazon's list.

As long as the book is clear about which version is being used and is
not too out of date then any book is better than no book.
Dr Russel Winder                 Partner

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