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Open Source Development With CVS : Learn How to Work With Open Source Software by Karl Franz Fogel

Paperback - 400 pages (November 1999)
The Coriolis Group; ISBN: 1576104907 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.96 x 9.24 x 7.42
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 4,776
Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars

5 of 5 stars CVS, November 8, 1999
Reviewer: Greg Gallagher (greg@dahak.com) from Chicago, Illinois (USA)
I've been bugging Karl with both simple and complex CVS questions for as long as I can remember; I guess I annoyed him enough that he wrote a book just to shut me up! Here at last is a great place to get the answers to all my CVS needs. CVS is complex enough that it deserves a close inspection and detailed examples and explanations. Karl seems to have pulled it all off; this book is well organized and will easily be an essential reference and definitive guide to programmers and managers alike who use revision control in any project, Open Source or not. One of the biggest selling points of this book is that it not only covers CVS but it also examines software development from a design and organization standpoint. It will explain why CVS is such a power tool for seeing a project through, from development to releases (and everything in between). It also covers using CVS as a revision control tool for web sites and documents. It is nicely organized, easy to read and follow. You should check this book out for whatever role you play in a company which deals with home-grown source code or documents. If you're a CVS admin, developer or project manager: Get this book. 

2 of 5 stars Some good info, but definitely lacking as well..., September 24, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Palo Alto, CA USA
So, I bought a copy of this thinking, "Finally, a book on CVS!"... Well, it is that, but it's also lacking. It does provide a very usable intro to CVS, but it lacks a lot of the depth that I had hoped for -- for example, there's not much talk about (or if there is and I missed it, then it's not well referenced in the TOC or Index) doing administrative things with the files in the CVSROOT, or those sorts of things. I haven't read the book cover to cover, and maybe I ought to (at least try) before reviewing it, but it got so many 5's that I wanted to make sure I got another opinion out. Another place where I found it to be lacking was in description of style choices. E.g. why it matters whether you use import versus add, or how to lay out directories, or those sorts of things. Anyway, I'm sure I could be a fair bit more clear on my complaints if I'd read more of the book, and more recently, but frankly, from what parts I did read, it's now been sitting on my bookshelf mostly untouched for a while.

I do think the book has some merit, and I believe the potential is there for a great second or third edition, but definitely read it with some amount of caution for now, and try to find other references (such as the postscript document that comes with CVS) as well.

 
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