Comparison of Version Control Software

This blog is reblog from timedoctor, I have removed the part of CSV.

SVN, Git, Mercurial – Comparison of Version Control Software

Is your next big business idea is based on software development?

Does it involve an elaborate technical concept, or simply requires a large distributed team working on one task?

Then you need to learn two words by heart: Version Control.

Version control, also called subversion control, or revision control, helps large projects from spinning out of control by letting individual programmers, writers, or project managers tackle a project from different angles without getting in each other’s way and without doing damage that can’t be undone.

There’s a great visual introduction to version control here if you are completely unfamiliar with the concept.

So, which version control is right for your project?

There are a number of solutions out there, and so we’ve put together a definitive feature comparison so you can decide the best solution for you.

This is a fairly technical topic, so if you don’t have a software background, read our comparison carefully, and consult with your lead technical personnel before you make any final decisions.

Version control software, including the well known SVN and Git, was designed from the ground up to allow teams of programmers to work on a project together without wasting man-hours on paperwork. Instead of manually scanning branches of code and associated notes, version control allows for a central repository that is organized, logical, and facilitates file updates, notation, and even merging.

There are a lot of opinions regarding which version control framework is the best, and can force programmers and project management teams into fierce debate. When choosing the right version control for your project, you should consider that some of pros of one package you will come across are subjective, meaning the opinion of the programmer, and other factors, such as speed and IDE plug-in capabilities, overshadow the raw numbers.

The main difference between version control systems is whether they are server based or peer-to-peer. Either they have a centralized repository where code is checked out and back in with changes, or a setup where the code is frequently updated from peer sources, a more decentralized network, to keep code current.

Beyond that, you will also want to consider speed, functionality, and the learning curve associated with the system. To decide which one is right for your project and team, let’s take a look at some of the major systems available and the reasons why some programmers prefer one over the other.
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