Finally, after much nail-biting I gave my skillswap presentation this evening: An Introduction to Version Control. Thankfully, I had a delightful audience, who asked lots of very sensible questions. A few people said that they’d go away and try subversion, so that’s a win. Version Control is such a safety blanket to me, I don’t understand how people can do without it…

Anyway, it seemed to go well and I didn’t manage put anybody to sleep. :-)

Huge thanks to Andy Budd of course, for organising the whole SkillSwap thing. It’s a great idea, and I’ll certainly be enjoying more of them in the future (and contributing where possible).

Update: One question that came up that I didn’t have an answer for was the question of dreamweaver integration with subversion. There appears to be some commercial support from SVN for Dreamweaver. Costs $59 (£33.90 according to Might be useful.

One other option might be to set up the WebDAV autoversioning support in subversion. This means that you can just use Windows’ “Web Folders” to copy files in, and store them in the repository. It’s not as slick, however, and does involve extra server side setup.

Update#2: Damien Tanner kindly posted a photo of last night’s events:

SVN Skillswap


Subversion for CVS Users

Today I gave a little presentation on Subversion for CVS Users at work. We’re switching to subversion for new projects rather than having a “big bang” repository conversion approach.

The slides were done using DOMSlides, which seem to work rather well. It’s quite minimalist, unlike S5, which I always find to be terribly slow for some reason.