UPDATE Feb. 1, 2010: I got religion and started using Git after they worked out a lot of the complexity in the interface and I realized that you have to think of it as a file system in order for it to make sense. /UPDATE
iWork (and several other Apple applications) stores files in bundle format, which is essentially a folder the Finder knows to treat like a single item. Subversion, unfortunately, does its magic by putting a hidden folder inside each folder it’s tracking. The end result is that whenever you save a file in one of the iWork applications (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) the hidden folder gets blown away and Subversion gets really surly.
One could argue that Apple could be nicer about crushing extra things in bundles under its uncaring and despotic boot heel, and one could also argue that since Apple apparently has no intention whatsoever on changing its ways, Subversion should be re-engineered to handle having its hidden folders stepped on a bit more gracefully. Tomato, tomato.
Either way, it makes Subversion a royal pain to use with bundles.
Since the benefits of version control are just too great to give up, it was time to find a replacement. Apparently the cool thing among the hipsters these days is distributed version control, and who doesn’t want to be cool?
…Wickedly, awesomely cool. Yes, indeed. Feel the hip T-shirt with the ironic message forming itself around your torso as you consider distributed version control.
So distributed version control it is. There are a lot of different systems out there, and the nerd wars are raging about which one is the One True Way. Which, you know, is at least more interesting than the Text Editor Wars.
Git possesses a lot of nerd cred as it’s written by none other than Linus Torvalds. The problem is that Linus is a kernel hacker, so Git is packed to the rafters with things only a kernel hacker could love. Go ahead, read the docs, I dare you. Then have a nice lie-down and put an ice pack on your forehead and you’ll feel better in no time.
Or, to put it in a less snarky way, Git has a lot of features that make sense when you’re managing a huge project with many contributors. When you’re just one mad prophet all alone in the wilderness, that complexity isn’t needed.
Mercurial, on the other hand, makes sense. Easy to install and very little drama.
It’s nice to not have to stress about backing up the one single point of failure that is the bane of centralized version control anymore.
So thanks, Apple and your bundles, I guess, for forcing me to learn something new… And for the hipster T-shirt. It’s awesome.
Posted Friday, 28 September, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.