... mapping your Subversion repository.
Lost track of your Branches?
If you are a developer and use subversion for source control, you may want to
use SvnMapper to regain control of your branches. Download SvnMapper for Windows, requires .Net 2.0.
If you are part of a large development team and you are using Subversion as
your source revision system you are bound to do extensive branching to be able to:
- Add several new features at the same time without bothering every other developer with your changes as they come.
- Fix bugs in old versions of the source, which allows your customers to get bugfixes without getting new (buggy) features.
- To be able to commit your daily, work which does not even compile, without interrupting the important work of your colleagues
- ...the list goes on...
If you are not using branches you better start using them now.
While subversion is very efficient at making branches it is not very
good at managing them. This we discovered at Kamstrup while using Subversion in a
team of 20 developers. At some point we started spending quite some time
just communicating which changes were comitted on what branches, and making
bad choices on wrong assumptions about how our branch layout was.
We spent some time looking for a decent tool for doing this, but failed
to find something which met our demands. Thus we invented the SvnMapper, a
tool that could visualize our branches, changes and merges to us.
In SvnMapper a branch is displayed as a horizontal line starting to the
left and moving to the right. Each pixel on a branch corresponds to a
revision in the Subversion repository, and each red pixel on a branch
corresponds to a commit.
- Move branches around You can move branches vertically by drgging
them with your mouse. Move the entire sub-branch by left-clicking or a
single branch by left-clicking + SHIFT
- Name your branches Give your branch a name, and move the name to
the right spot.
- View commits Select a branch to view a list the commits of that
- Inspect commits Double click a commit to inspect the list of
changes in a commit.
- Inspect changes with Tortoise Double click a change to inspect
the difference with Tortoise Diff (if you have it installed).
- Locate parent branches Select a branch to view the list of
parent branches (the branches that this branch originates from)
- Hide Branches Hide branches that are not interesting.
- Add merge arrows Annotate your branches with arrows that show
- Scroll Navigation Scroll navigate by clicking the eft mouse
button on any empty space.
- Print your branchers Make nice printouts to show your boss.
SvnMapper was made by janm during his time at Kamstrup A/S. When he stopped working with
Kamstrup it was decided that SvnMapper should be freely available to the public
at no charge. The source code is freely available and any contributions welcome.
SvnMapper is licensed under a BSD license, which you may find here.