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Version Control with Subversion 1 [ID:283] (1/8)

in series: Software Carpentry - Version Control with Subversion

video tutorial by Chris Lasher, added 06/07

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We begin with an introduction to the topic of Version Control:

  • what is version control
  • why use Subversion
  • where to find free Subversion hosting

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Learning about subversion

Thanks! I'd would love having some subtitles, to ease understanding in a noisy environment.

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Thanks a lot for the video. Strongly agree with the comment about the importance for version control for amateurs and professionals.

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Very good overview - well done!

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Great CBT very informative as well as simple enough for the beginner.


55. anonymous Sun, 27 Dec 2009 02:13

Thanks for posting this video. Nice work.

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53. anonymous Sat, 05 Dec 2009 06:30

Nice! Thanks

52. anonymous Fri, 27 Nov 2009 22:55

good introductory video about svn. I think I need some more tutorial type info.



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50. anonymous Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:06

Pretty good so far

Thanks! It looks like this series will be useful and informative.

48. anonymous Sun, 01 Nov 2009 14:12

Great video tutorial ! Thanks! Now i can start useing subversion.

47. anonymous Wed, 21 Oct 2009 20:45


Thank You! I hope to see more in this series.

45. anonymous Sun, 04 Oct 2009 09:05

Excellent video. I love this topic, please don't leave this series.

44. anonymous Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:37

good intro... would have been nice to see a visual overview of a typical SVN setup / hierarchy

43. anonymous Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:39

Thanks for making this available! I'm getting started with a new software project, and want to use svn (I've used CVS forever). I find video tutorials a much faster way to come up to speed on technology, so I appreciate your help!

Nice introduction

41. anonymous Fri, 11 Sep 2009 05:51

Great job. Well presented and good material.

40. anonymous Thu, 03 Sep 2009 00:58

It's been a great help!

39. anonymous Tue, 01 Sep 2009 13:35

Thanks a lot for taking the time to do this. I'm a scientist/engineer working at a growing university research lab and I've taken it upon myself to add some structure to all the code that gets written here. I've recently found the software carpentry website, and then your videos here. I'm in the process of setting up our first version control system and am going to use subversion. Once again, thanks for the effort fine sir! :-)

38. anonymous Wed, 19 Aug 2009 05:28

Great job! I can't wait to go thru the other Subversion videos.

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nice job

36. anonymous Sun, 09 Aug 2009 14:41

Very well done chris! Loved the tutorials. Am a Masters student at Columbia Uni and will defintitely post this on my homepage. Keep up the good work buddy! Take care and God bless you!

35. anonymous Tue, 04 Aug 2009 15:32

so far so good, on to the next video

34. anonymous Sat, 01 Aug 2009 17:34

Great video.

33. anonymous Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:44

part about amateur vs professional is distracting

32. anonymous Tue, 28 Jul 2009 08:15

All videos are very nice videos. I really appreciate the tutorials. As per you said about Advanced topics (i.e. Creating Branches, Merging Branches, trunks etc..), in 8th video slice.. I'm very eagerly awaiting for that videos. when we can expect that advanced videos.


31. anonymous Sat, 04 Jul 2009 11:20

I appreciate your effort!

30. anonymous Thu, 02 Jul 2009 21:33

subversion video 1 is a good overview.

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i want to see the rest off the foobar tutorial!

28. anonymous Wed, 01 Jul 2009 12:18

Very nice so far. You seem to target total beginners at revision control. If so, it seems strange to me that you give a list of hosting solutions at the very beginning. And I think you can safely speak a bit quicker

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Ok by me

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Very clearly introductoring, thanks!

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Its a good start.

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awesome series!

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I love it. Thank you Chris.

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Its is like boon for me. Thanks for providing this video. thanks alot

15. anonymous Wed, 06 May 2009 11:19

Hey, nice video. If you don't mind me giving you a tip or two, please talk a just a little louder and don't record late at night. I felt that you wanted to 'get the video over with', which made myself a little bored too lol :D

The content itself was very interesting.

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Good video

12. anonymous Mon, 13 Apr 2009 13:24

This video is great

Very nice introduction, thanks for explianing a llittle of what version control is.

im new to subversion, this was good.

Great job.Excellent screen cast.Note to anyone watch this it is perfect for svn beginners. Note for "first time svn" you will need to use "svnadmin create /absolute/path/to/svn/repository" command in order to follow this tutorial. Hope you can do the same thing for git some day. Thank you very much and keep up the good work!

8. anonymous Wed, 08 Oct 2008 12:04

Voice quality is low

I like this, thanks!

Thanks, Chris, for a great explanation of version control in general and subversion in particular.

Having grown used to using RCS I have been too lazy for years to switch until recently.

For some reason I am still a bit unsure how to use svnadmin apart from on the command line, but you don't have to do that at all often.

For most of my work I now use the Subclipse plug-in of Eclipse as my client.

5. anonymous Sun, 16 Dec 2007 08:27

Review of Version Control with Subversion 1

Audio quality could be better.

Chris, I have posted an announce for this series at

I hope it brings in some people who can benefit from your fine work,


Chris, your link to the Software Carpentry website is broken (in your author description). The correct link appears to be:


Chris, I noticed that this series is getting very few plays - this is a crime! Your series is too good to sit quietly in the corner.

This morning I added it to DZone for voting:

and I'll also see if I can get it into Reddit and Digg and, obviously (!), into the Subversion forum.


Chris - first of all let me say thank-you for letting us host this series, the quality really is excellent. It is so nice to hear your calm voice, source-code control is a bit of an imposing subject and I know I'll enjoy watching this series.

That's an interesting comment you make about 'professional developers'. I'd add the caveat that the need for a source control system grows as a project grows, and it becomes imperative once you have 2 developers on the project.

At ShowMeDo we avoided it for a good number of months whilst Kyran was the sole coder, but once he lost some edits on a late-night hacking session (and I'm sure I over-wrote bits too!) we knew it was time to use subversion. Having used csv before I must say I'm very happy with svn - it 'just works'.

It was interesting to see you list openSVN, Google Code and SourceForge as available svn repositories - it had never occurred to me that free hosting was available.

Cheers, I look forward to working my way through this series,


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