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

From: James Strachan <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:50:48 +0100

git - pretty much all good OSS projects use it now

On 11 April 2011 13:30, Marek Potociar <> wrote:
> Hey Folks,
> For Jersey 2.x we are considering to switch our VCS from SVN into Git or Mercurial. Sticking to SVN is still an option
> too. FWIW, here's my take on the topic:
> - Functionality:
> SVN meets most of our existing needs today, I do miss the agile nature of DVCS though and ability to fix a recent commit.
> I don't have a clear DVCS winner. Mercurial is compact and easier to learn, esp. if one comes from the SVN background.
> It has superior branching and merging support compared to SVN. It's branching concept however seems to be seriously
> flawed as it is virtually impossible to delete named branches. Also, it is not as flexible as Git and configuring it's
> extensions can be painful.
> Git is faster than Mercurial, super flexible, and "unix-like" set of coherent tools sharing a common platform rather
> being one compact piece of software. It is thus bendable to most esoteric work flows. Also it's merging algorithm is
> ...wait for it... LEGENDARY! :) Learning to get full use of Git however requires time (and practice).
> - Documentation:
> SVN and Mercurial both seem to provide superior documentation compared to Git.
> - Tooling:
> SVN has a great tooling support and so does Git. I don't have a significant experience with Mercurial, but I suppose it
> will be on par with Git and SVN.
> - Adoption:
> SVN is very popular. Also Git appears to gain larger portion of mind share every day. Git community is very active and
> visible, e.g. is especially vibrant. It has almost 10x larger community than for Mercurial.
> Mercurial community seems to be both smaller and "quieter".
> So, what would you, members of the community, prefer to use going forward?
> [  ]  SVN
> [  ]  Git
> [  ]  Mercurial
> Please cast your votes!
> Thanks,
> Marek

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