Under the Bridge

Cornerstone 1.1

News from the tools front: The Greatest SCM Client EVAR, Zennaware Cornerstone, is now up to version 1.1 with a whole big whack of fixes and new features. If you weren’t convinced by my reasoning for deciding to buy version 1.0, then take a look at the much more detailed review that Jade Ohlhauser has done here — but here’s the money quote:

In my first comparison I could see the advantages that Cornerstone had to offer, but it had flaws in the workflow I needed every day. Now that those flaws have been addressed, the comparison isn’t even close. I’m going with Cornerstone. Something we can all agree on is that the competition benefits everyone. Subjectively speaking, however, it seems to me that the Cornerstone developers have made more progress in the last 4 months than the Versions team has.

As an example of that progress, let us look at a recent exchange I had with the Cornerstone author, when I got mildly annoyed at the array of projects I wasn’t actively working on at the moment taking a while to update. Note the date and time on the email I sent –

Date: October 25, 2008 6:20:13 AM PDT (CA) Subject: Support Request Is there any way to turn off the working copy refresh on an individual basis instead of globally? If there isn’t, could I please put that in as a feature request? …

– and check out how long getting it sorted took.

Date: October 25, 2008 11:15:07 AM PDT (CA) Subject: Re: Support Request Hi Alex, I have implemented per-working copy refresh configuration for 1.1 which is currently at the release candidate stage and will be released in the next two weeks.Best regards,
Simon

Now you just can’t beat service like that. If you’re using Subversion, you owe it to yourself to get Cornerstone and make life easier on yourself!

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