I’ve been using the Subversion version control system during the last 2-3 years. Although a VCS has never been a top priority for me, it seems there is always room for version control. I ended up using it for almost everything, from simple to more complex scripts and even system configuration files in some cases. A few weeks ago I decided to switch to Mercurial. I had read about Mercurial for the first time in some mailing list messages written by Giorgos Keramidas and also in several posts about Mercurial on his blog, but it was only a few months ago when I started experimenting with it for real. Although I use many of its features, my general use of version control systems is rather basic, so do not expect any sophisticated reasons why I have decided to switch:
- It’s open-source software, written in Python. This is very important for me as there is not much room in my head right now for other programming languages.
- Easily extensible. If I ever need a special feature I will have the opportunity to implement it by writing a Python extension.
- I got rid of those
- I can use mod_wsgi and all its good features to provide repository access over HTTP/HTTPS.
- I find the concept of a “distributed version control system” to be real progress in the VCS area.
Truth is I will not stop using Subversion, but I will definitely choose Mercurial instead of SVN for any new project I start.
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