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Perforce

16 Ratings

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Perforce

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Subversion

I'd recommend Subversion for almost any software development effort. It is less appropriate for any project with widely geographically distributed developers. For VERY elaborate projects, a higher end commercial tool might be warranted.
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Perforce

While I'm not well versed in some of the new version control paradigms (like Git), I find that Perforce and its entire product suite have stood the test of time and continues to be a sound choice in source control management. It is great at code versioning and I haven't found a scenario where it didn't work well. Check ins, shelving, diffing, revision history, and branching all work exactly as needed when working on a product through all phases of development. Integration with Visual Studio is good and for the most part non intrusive. We have a very large code base that puts Perforce through its paces and it performs admirably.
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Pros

  • Version control - it's what it's designed for.
  • Modifiable - It only takes a little bit of knowledge of a scripting language (I used Windows BAT files calling Perl scripts) to extend capabilities, like the aforementioned integration with Redmine.
  • Back end administration- It's a breeze. There's very little work involved in terms of administering it once you've got it installed on a server, and even setting that up isn't bad.
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  • The Perforce visual client makes it easy to track changelists and file history
  • Very stable with high performance
  • Diff tool makes identifying code changes a snap
  • Works nicely with Visual Studio via plugin
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Cons

  • Distributed development - I've never worked in an environment where distributed development (developers widely scattered geographically) was a factor, but that's why git exists.
  • Merging - Merging of code from one branch to another can be painful, especially if it's not done frequently. (On the other hand, doing merges is one of the reasons I get a nice salary, so I can't complain too much!)
  • Acceptance - Let's face it, git is what "all the cool kids are using." If you've got a bunch of developers fresh out of school, they'll probably know git and not Subversion.
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  • Performing integrations is somewhat confusing for new users
  • Managing multiple workspaces can get difficult
  • Backing out changes can be problematic if split across multiple changelists
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Subversion3.1
Based on 2 answers
While there are interesting alternatives, such a GIT, Subversion has been a breath of fresh air compared to its predecessors like CVS or Microsoft Source Safe (now called Team Foundation Server). Its ease of use and high adoption rate is going to keep me using this product for years to come.
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Perforce6.6
Based on 5 answers
We are fully committed to our use of Perforce. It works well within our organization and our desire to share our code base with our customers. Their support staff are responsive, inquisitive, and eager to improve their software. I feel like we have a direct line to their design/feature team as they often solicit our feedback.
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Usability

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Perforce5.0
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Simple tasks and setups are pretty straight forward, more complicated tasks are extremely complicated compared to other packages. Perforce's GUI and Command-Line tools are easy to use, and clean, which helps to limit confusion when you know what you are trying to accomplish - the knowing isn't always obvious, however, and for more complicated tasks, you will likely need outside help.
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Reliability and Availability

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Perforce9.0
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In our large environment, Perforce is rarely "down". We have regular maintenance windows and from time to time Perforce can feel a little slow, but its always available. Tech support has always worked with our engineers and IT department to make sure that any real performance or stability issues are addressed quickly.
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Implementation

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Perforce7.0
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This rating is related to setting up an environment from an existing Perforce repository. Initial setup of Perforce as the repository for the company was done by a separate team long prior to my inception.
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Alternatives Considered

I find Perforce to be a little more cumbersome to use than Subversion. And it is NOT free or open source.
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I've worked with Alienbrain and I like Perforce much better with the streamlined interface. Alienbrain seems a little bloated.
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Return on Investment

  • Subversion helps us feel secure in maintaining access to all of our product code, both current and historical.
  • Being free and open source makes it an even better "investment".
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  • Increased employee efficiency.
  • Faster iteration times.
  • Excellent return on investment.
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Pricing Details

Apache Subversion

General
Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Perforce

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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