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Hail RadRails! Hail SubVersion! Hail Textdrive!

September 22nd, 2006

Some friends of mine got the crazy idea of making a movie of their own. Since I’m not much of a n actor I figured I’d help them by setting up a website for the movie. I picked Ruby on Rails and RadRails for the task, and TextDrive as the host.I have been meaning to bring the code base into version control for quite some time now, TextDrive is offering SubVersion as part of their hosting plan. But since I haven’t had the opportunity to try SubVersion before, I’ve been stalling.

Today I decided to make the journey. I was planning on books to buy and checking the internet for GUI frontends, when it struck me: maybe RadRails have support for SubVersion. I fired up the IDE and – yes! The context menu of the project node contained the promising Team|Share project menu item. You can choose between SubVersion and CVS – GREAT! No need for a GUI frontend.

Now I needed to set up a SubVersion repository at TextDrive. It proved to be a nobrainer using the TextDrive administration web interface (webmin). Back to RadRails. My worries about importing an existing project was swept away as the Share project-wizard guided me through the process. In less than 15 minutes I had gone from having no clue to having my project version controlled under SubVersion. If all my tasks were this easy…

Thank you RadRails! Thank you SubVersion! Thank you TextDrive!

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