JP Vossen on 15 Nov 2017 18:17:42 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Revision Control for the Rest of Us

On 11/15/2017 08:30 PM, brent timothy saner wrote:
On 11/14/2017 10:56 PM, JP Vossen wrote:
Proposed for next week at PLUG West:

Revision Control for the Rest of Us *
* SysAdmins, scripters and anyone who is not a full-time Real Programmer™

If you use a computer, you probably do something that revision control
can help with.  If you are a system administrator or scripter, you
*should* be using a revision control tool.  But which one?  Git
unquestionably won the war, and also...Github and GitLab.  But is Git
the right tool for you?

I'm going to update and tweak some things between now and next week, but
basic spoiler alert:

just a minor point of note:

ODF is XML-based! it's plaintext! :) the benefits you'd *get* from a
diffing VCS are less than, say, a python script, but it isn't a binary
format and still lets you roll between different revisions of the doc
without entirely different blobs. (OOXML, despite the name, however, is
indeed a binary format - it's zipped XML.)

(when discussing the binary stuff, i'd also mention these:

OpenOffice/LibreOffice docs are also zipped up XML and stuff.  You can
unzip them and do stuff, but they don't work well in a VCS.  Asciidoc,
Markdown, <wiki mark-up, mark-down of your choice> for the win.
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