[Jersey] Re: SVN, GIT or MERCURIAL for Jersey 2.0?

From: Tauren Mills <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 06:45:07 -0700

In my opinion, using GIT with github or similar reduces the barrier to
entry. It makes it easier for people to contribute without having to be

Maybe it's just me, but to me the barrier to entry is much smaller if all I
have to do is clone a github repository, tweak code to solve my problem,
push, and then send a pull request. Using SVN, I can't really contribute
without becoming a committer or jumping through hoops. With SVN, the
workflow would be to checkout anonymously, tweak code to solve my problem,
create a patch file, locate the issue tracker, create an account on the
issue tracker, post a bug report, and then attach the patch file.

I'm sure someone will say there isn't really much of a difference, but once
you've actually done it both ways, the git workflow is really much simpler.
And from a maintainer's point of view, it becomes less important who has
commit access and who doesn't, because anyone can send a pull request.

I too resisted switching to git for a long time and finally made the change
about 6 months ago. It took a little time to ramp up, but I was soon quite
productive with it. I wish I had made the switch way earlier.

Just my 2c.

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 6:25 AM, Marek Potociar

> On 04/12/2011 09:00 AM, Markus Karg wrote:
> > SVN is the most commonly used version control still, and it is currently
> > used in the project without a real need to change.
> Apart form the general reasons that I briefly mentioned in my initial email
> where we anticipate to make our everyday
> developer lives easier, we are looking into improving project processes
> with regard to anticipated transition of the
> main development focus from 1.x to 2.x, better user adoption, integration
> with other projects etc.
> As for SVK, I am not familiar with it. Tatu is right that we want to
> consider primarily well-known choices.
> Marek
> So there should be
> > good reasons to change. The sole reason I understand from the original
> > posting is the wish for distribution. SVK provides exactly this. It is
> > an extension to SVN that adds distribution. So it is the most obvious
> > choice, since it keeps SVN but just adds the wanted functionality. The
> > learning curve is a joke as it just adds very few commands ontop of SVN.
> > GIT and HG enforce everybody to change to GIT or HG, even those pretty
> > happy with SVN. I do not see why everybody should learn GIT or HG if the
> > same could be done easily with a simple SVN extension.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Tatu Saloranta []
> > Sent: Montag, 11. April 2011 20:44
> > To:
> > Subject: [Jersey] Re: SVN, GIT or MERCURIAL for Jersey 2.0?
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM, Markus Karg <>
> > wrote:
> >> I'd vote to stick with SVN. But why not trying SVK?
> >
> > I think team is trying to choose from the obvious candidates, ones
> > that are most used.
> > So perhaps you could expand on why SVK should be considered over more
> > well-known choices?
> >
> > -+ Tatu +-