What users are saying about
13 Ratings
47 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 7.7 out of 101
13 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8 out of 101

Add comparison

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Subversion

I would only consider not recommending Subversion if the development department adheres to what I call the "One Microsoft Way" (a play on words of Microsoft's address). Many IT departments prefer to go completely by the book on all procedures related to IT. While that is justifiable if you consider what to do if the entire programming department quit without notice, Subversion offers too many advantages to not consider seriously as a better replacement for Microsoft's standard source code repository solutions.
Scott Mitting profile photo

Stash

In my opinion, Stash is well suited for all software houses, however you need to plan ahead because if you don't understand how branching works, it will be a disaster when the source code grows bigger.
No photo available

Pros

  • The default conflict resolution option, to merge locally, has led to a much more efficient work environment when working with large teams on large codebases. The traditional single-person file locking can really get in the way of team work, as you have to wait for your team member to finish their changes before you can start working on the same file, even if they called in sick for work that day. While sometimes this requires manually figuring out what to do when two changes affect the same line of code, most of the time the changes are on the same lines of the file, and merging can happen transparently.
  • I have enjoyed the branching process in subversion. Branches and tags are not strict features of the product, which allows for fudgibility, but when you use the recommended trunk/tags/branches folder layout, it behaves as if it was built it. Implemented simply as copy/branch and merge functions, I have found them to work just as well as a built it system would work, and it does a good job pointing out issues with a change's ancestry.
  • Subversion also have a rich ecosystem of third-party tools and service providers. I personally have used TortoiseSVN for years, but there are several plugins that integrate directly into Visual Studio or Eclipse. Also, I have found hosting services like CVSDude (now called CloudForge) to be a big time-saver over hosting a repository on your own servers, while providing peace of mind that your code-base is in a different physical location, in case say, your server farm burned down. (I'd call that a serious edge condition, but my job involves edge conditions!)
Scott Mitting profile photo
  • Version Control Environment.
  • Easy set up and maintenance.
  • It is really really reasonably priced!
Darian Rawson profile photo

Cons

  • Merge conflicts is one area where I think that Apace Subversion can improve a lot in. Where there is a single file being edited by two different people and the person who tries to update after someone before him commits with changes on the same file then Subversion tries to merge the changes and create an ideal file but fails miserably.
  • Any file renames or deletion or additions have to be specifically made through Apache Subversion or has to be notified to Apache Subversion in a round about fashion or it will be disregarded while committing the changes. While this is reasonable, it is quite annoying until a user gets used to it.
  • Faster on Linux and slower on Windows. Apache Subversion can be improved by increasing its checkout, update and commit speeds on Windows.
venkat nitin panaganti profile photo
  • The features aren't in parity with Bitbucket, but are getting better.
  • Upgrading to new versions of Stash.
  • Solving technical issues that pop up from time to time can be confusing.
Darian Rawson profile photo

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.
Scott Mitting profile photo
No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Git is a newer version control system compared to that of svn. I think that svn is more stable, easy to learn/use, and not-so-complex as Git. Also, svn has very good client applications which provide extremely user-friendly user interfaces. Apache Subversion is also open source which makes it an even more eligible to use as there is no investment at all.
venkat nitin panaganti profile photo
It can be daunting to set up a Git server for a developer. Managing it can be more time consuming than you want it to be. Stash helps you out by handling what you likely need. If you are already a Git pro, you won't need it, but our team loves the simplicity that Stash brings to our workflow without having to worry about going into a complicated Git setup.
Darian Rawson profile photo

Return on Investment

  • Improved time to market for our software releases - merging code from multiple developers and finding the conflicts faster really helps.
  • Added visibility into all changes in the project. Provided the developer adds some notes on each check-in you will be able to tell the history of features added to the project in time.
  • Allowed us to do collaborative work on the same source code. Previously we were using Visual Source Safe which was not providing this.
Cristian Bodnarasec profile photo
  • In positive form, having Stash over not having it at all has provided us with a superior repository system over trying to push to some local server instance and manage branches/merging from our local machines.
  • There are no real negatives to using Stash, its only problem is that there are competitors out there that can offer additional features.
No photo available

Pricing Details

Apache Subversion

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

Stash

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