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Subject: Re: [boost] [git] Mercurial?
From: David Bergman (David.Bergman_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-03-20 21:31:38

Technical? Well, both systems do track revisions...

This sounds like a "Turing Completeness" argument held by a Pascal programmer when hearing about that "cool" language called C a few decades ago.

Ask people who have extensively used both, and they will tell you. C is better. Period. Git is better.

There exists a simple litmus test for these kinds of comparisons: if a developer has used X and Y extensively and is to embark on a new venture, with no legacy or political ties enforcing one or the other; which one would he use? I am pretty certain that for X and Y being Git and SVN, the answer would dominantly be Git.

And, I am not a "cool programmer," unless you consider having developed code for 30+ years in 20 languages, commercially, cool.


On Mar 20, 2012, at 8:41 PM, Edward Diener wrote:

> On 3/20/2012 7:03 AM, Julian Gonggrijp wrote:
> ... snip
>> Well, allow me to present some fair reasoning to you.
>> With regard to git versus svn: I think enough fair reasons have been
>> given why git (or a DVCS in general) is better than svn. I'm not
>> going to repeat those arguments here.
> I have never heard a single technical argument, in all the endless mentions of Git among the people riding that bandwagon, why Git is better than SVN, or even why any DVCS is better than a centralized SCCS. I consider this whole move to Git and/or DVCS among "hip" programmers little more than a move to conform with what others are doing and feel "cool".
> I am perfectly willing to read well-chosen technical arguments but not from people already sold on one side or the other. But I really despair of anyone being able to present such arguments in the atmosphere created by Git fanatics and DVCS fanatics. The only thing I have gotten from all this is "I've tried it, I like it, and therefore its superior".
> Feel free, anyone, to point me to a purely technical discussion, article, whatnot, explaining the practical reasons why using a DVCS, or Git, is more productive and more pleasurable than using a centralized SCCS like Subversion.
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