[CentOS] how to work with Code Repositories, but for web development?

Paul Heinlein heinlein at madboa.com
Thu Feb 11 17:03:02 UTC 2010


The one other tidbit that I'd add is ... experiment! Don't let your 
first try at setting up a repository be your production setup.

Try different repository layouts. The online subversion book walks you 
through the issues, but I'd caution against making a decision without 
trying stuff out.

Create your repo (I use Subversion, but that's no knock against Git or 
Darcs or Mercurial or ...). Check out or clone a copy. Edit some 
files. Rearrange directories. Commit the changes. Rinse, lather, 
repeat -- several times.

Ask yourself if the layout is good, if the repository workflow 
dovetails with the way you work, if the client-side tools work well 
with the various operating systems in your environment.

If you'll rely on a central, official repository, figure out a backup 
strategy.

It's good to figure out a template for commit messages: what 
information needs to be provided to document the "why" of changes. 
There are few things more annoying than an empty or meaningless commit 
message.

Finally, if your repository goes hand-in-hand with a lot of 
meta-information like documentation, trouble tickets, milestones, or 
things like screenshots, think about associating your repository with 
a wiki like Trac:

   http://trac.edgewall.org/

-- 
Paul Heinlein <> heinlein at madboa.com <> http://www.madboa.com/


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