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Communicate code changes – But how?

Posted on May 17, 2008 in KM, Programming, Tools

What is the best way to communicate source code changes? Write a mail, send an instant message or hope the next cvs sync will inform all your co-worker? Vincent Massol suggests two solutions: “Diff emails on SCM commit” and “RSS feeds”. This solutions are good ideas for small projects, but with a lots of changes (important and unimportant) this doesn’t work.

I think the best way to communicate important source code changes is a project team Wiki with the ability to create source code links. This links should have two possible targets. When you click on a source code link in a standard browser, you will directed to the source code in a WebCVS view and a click in the Eclipse embedded web browser will open the source code.

If you use SnipSnap as project wiki tool, you can install my IDE Wiki Plugin for Eclipse to use source code links:

ide wiki


Screenshot wiki editor

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