Git vs Plastic SCM vs SVN (Subversion)

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Decisions about Git, Plastic SCM, and SVN (Subversion)
Kamaldeep Singh

SVN is much simpler than git for the simple stuff (checking in files and updating them when everyone's online), and much more complex than git for the complicated stuff (branching and merging). Or put another way, git's learning curve is steep up front, and then increases moderately as you do weird things; SVN's learning curve is very shallow up front and then increases rapidly.

If you're storing large files, if you're not branching, if you're not storing source code, and if your team is happy with SVN and the workflow you have, I'd say you should stay on SVN.

If you're writing source code with a relatively modern development practice (developers doing local builds and tests, pre-commit code reviews, preferably automated testing, preferably some amount of open-source code), you should move to git for two reasons: first, this style of working inherently requires frequent branching and merging, and second, your ability to interact with outside projects is easier if you're all comfortable with git instead of snapshotting the outside project into SVN.

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Pros of Git
Pros of Plastic SCM
Pros of SVN (Subversion)
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    Distributed version control system
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    Efficient branching and merging
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    Fast
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    Open source
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    Better than svn
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    Great command-line application
  • 306
    Simple
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    Free
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    Easy to use
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    Does not require server
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    Distributed
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    Small & Fast
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    Feature based workflow
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    Staging Area
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    Most wide-spread VSC
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    Disposable Experimentation
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    Role-based codelines
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    Frictionless Context Switching
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    Data Assurance
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    Efficient
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    Just awesome
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    Github integration
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    Easy branching and merging
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    Compatible
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    Possible to lose history and commits
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    Flexible
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    Team Integration
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    Easy
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    Light
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    Fast, scalable, distributed revision control system
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    Rebase supported natively; reflog; access to plumbing
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    Flexible, easy, Safe, and fast
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    CLI is great, but the GUI tools are awesome
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    It's what you do
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    Phinx
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    Wanna do Branch per Task Dev? Plastic rocks it
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    No Size limite
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    File Locking
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    Simple, easy to use interfaces. Resilient and solid
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    Very fast
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    Easy to use
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    Simple code versioning
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    User/Access Management
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    Complicated code versionioning by Subversion
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    Free

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Cons of Git
Cons of Plastic SCM
Cons of SVN (Subversion)
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    Hard to learn
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    Inconsistent command line interface
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    Easy to lose uncommitted work
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    Worst documentation ever possibly made
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    Awful merge handling
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    Unexistent preventive security flows
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    Rebase hell
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    When --force is disabled, cannot rebase
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    Ironically even die-hard supporters screw up badly
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    Always uses automatic conflict resolution first
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    Adds files with only changed timestamp to pending
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    Keyboard shortcuts are lacking
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    Can't place windows next to each other to save space
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    No dark theme
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    Doesn't have file staging
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    Branching and tagging use tons of disk space

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What is Git?

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

What is Plastic SCM?

Plastic SCM is a distributed version control designed for big projects. It excels on branching and merging, graphical user interfaces, and can also deal with large files and even file-locking (great for game devs). It includes "semantic" features like refactor detection to ease diffing complex refactors.

What is SVN (Subversion)?

Subversion exists to be universally recognized and adopted as an open-source, centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.

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What are some alternatives to Git, Plastic SCM, and SVN (Subversion)?
GitHub
GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
Bitbucket
Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private Git repositories. Teams choose Bitbucket because it has a superior Jira integration, built-in CI/CD, & is free for up to 5 users.
Perforce
Visibility, access control, workflow and code management for Git environments. Flexibility of collaborating on the same codebase and code reviews using any combination of Perforce and Git workflows and tools without compromise.
Mercurial
Mercurial is dedicated to speed and efficiency with a sane user interface. It is written in Python. Mercurial's implementation and data structures are designed to be fast. You can generate diffs between revisions, or jump back in time within seconds.
GitLab
GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.
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