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For business or personal applications, where you wish your code to remain private and/or proprietary, Beanstalk could be a good fit. If you are also interested in beginning to automate with relative ease, their tools can be a great help. Code reviews can also be a key factor in the decision, as they provide a good framework for accountability.
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While Perforce Helix is the best version control software out there, it can also be used to track your documentation, training videos and materials, and requirements. If you have strict compliance requirements, it can be used to ensure that those requirements are satisfied. Perforce Helix is incredibly flexible and can meet the needs of individual users as well as companies with thousands of users.
Read full review Pros Automation Code Review Support Read full review The branching mechanisms in Perforce allow for an enormous codebase to be duplicated into release versions weekly with little impact upon things such as the speed of queries against the version control. Action triggers permit such things as automated builds of software versions, dynamic messaging when issues are identified either within or prior to a build process, and much more. Locking provides the ability to prevent modifications of stable, tested versions in order to ensure validity when they are released. Read full review Cons Interface is not always intuitive, some areas are easier than others to navigate. Price plans are a little odd. However, they do seem to be flexible if a plan does not quite fit your needs. Read full review Perforce tends to feel backwards in how it approaches certain tasks, like branching and integrating - even once you figure out how it wants you to perform these tasks, you will likely forget when it comes around to the next time you need to do them again. Perforce has a higher price tag, comparatively. Perforce make some tasks very easy, and yet other tasks very difficult - it doesn't always seem to have found its target user's proficiency. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
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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With Perforce Helix, you can use it via the command line, via P4V, or any of the other APIs included with the product. It is extremely easy for new users to get up and running. Users of Perforce Helix only have to pull in the files of interest to them. Also, Perforce is very easy to script and integrate into your CI/CD pipeline. Streams allows you to have pinpoint control of your workflow, and P4Search is the absolute best--I wish Perforce (the company) would talk more about this. It is absolutely fabulous!
Read full review Reliability and Availability
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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I had two representatives from Perforce contact me after downloading it but never responded when I had questions. I also had a difficult time finding good training material for getting started. There is a lot of available support material when running into issues, though, because of how many large companies use it.
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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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If you are creating open source applications, there is almost no reason not to use
. If you do need private repositories (for proprietary or private, business or personal use),
could be an excellent solution. Beanstalk's main advantages lie in the support (which is excellent), deployment tools, and code review features.
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Perforce has a better built native visual client that is much simpler to use than
's. It has a lot of optimizations in the workflow that can execute common patterns during a usual workday. Perforce also has an easier to understand method of presenting merge conflicts and does a better overall job of handling merges.
Read full review Return on Investment Increased automation => better accuracy and efficiency of maintenance/launches Better insights into ongoing work and past modifications to code => lower chance of error and more efficient troubleshooting Read full review Decreased our implementation costs by allowing versioning and back out of customizations made in the field. saves developers time through automation of changes between branches - they think less of the plumbing and have more time to write code. Downside is training/managing expectations of new developers who come in assuming they will use Git. Read full review ScreenShots