Great Once It Is Set up
March 14, 2020

Great Once It Is Set up

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Perforce

Each lab site has its own set of developers that operates independently but we are moving towards more collaboration and sharing software between the groups. One site has standardized on Perforce and won't do any software development without using it and other sites are now moving towards using it based upon the experience of the current Perforce users. We use it not only for multi-developer teams but also as a way to back up code bases and do revision control.
  • Version control
  • Source code control
  • Automated builds
  • Difficulty of setup
  • Multiple packages needed for installation
  • Lack of available training
  • Increased code reuse between groups
  • We know we have a code backup in place
  • Being able to quickly revert to previous versions has been very useful
My last two jobs used SmartSVN but it required a paid license to use regardless of the number of users. The initial setup for Perforce was much more difficult than SmartSVN. There is a lot of parity between the two software packages even though the terminology can be different. The communication between the server and SmartSVN seems to be smaller and fails more often than Perforce when the connection is slow, like on a remote VPN.
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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Once you get used to it, it is straightforward to use and it has a very large feature set for a free software package. It is free for small teams to use, which helps with a larger adoption later down the road. Also, Perforce seems to be the defacto industry standard so once you learn it, you should be able to use it at other developer positions.