21 Mar 2001 Cardinal   » (Journeyer)


I first heard the name Perforce mentioned less than two months ago in a discussion amongst a dozen or so people about a potential project. It was recommended over CVS by an individual whose arguments against CVS can be summed up as "CVS sucks" and "Only ignorant zealots would choose an inferior OSS tool over Perforce. Who says we have to use OSS tools to manage an OSS project?" Obviously a very well-spoken individual with excellent debate skills. I've since asked a handful of coders with a great deal more experience than myself what they thought of Perforce, and none of them have given a particularly shining review of it over CVS. Apparently it functions well, but in terms of it being vastly superior to CVS, all I have is the aforementioned "CVS sucks" argument.

Since mechanix mentioned Perforce in his article, I'd like to extend my question to this group and see if anybody has experience with Perforce, either for commercial or OSS work? To date, I haven't been able to find an OSS project using Perforce (Maybe we're all just ignorant zealots), and very little on the web that compares CVS and Perforce. Any insights would be appreciated, if only to cure my curiousity in the matter.

Crack Certs (Minty fresh)

Zeevon: It may seem that xcyber is on crack, or he may just have different standards from most people of the cert levels. It seems he's even certified two people who haven't even set their name, and two people who have set only their name.

Guess that sorta puts his Journeyer cert of you and I in perspective.


mrorganic: I know a lot of Russians share your sentiments. Indeed, members of Russia's lower parliament are still trying to give Mir another chance, if only to keep it there for transfering equipment off of to a new station, Mir 2.

Still, whatever sadness Mir's coming down may bring should be kept in check by realizing just how much Mir has meant to the advancement of the global space program. Russia's engineers and scientists faced and solved questions and problems with manning a space station that the US still doesn't have answers to, and they did it 15 years ago. The technologies and experience gained from Mir's tenure is absolutely invaluable, and the ISS simply wouldn't be able to happen without it. Whatever fate Mir itself has met, any manned platform we see in orbit will always owe a debt to Mir's existence.

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