Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fossil is Great!

Not sure how many of you have heard of this tool, but there's an SCM tool called Fossil that I have to say is really cool. I won't go deep into details, you can see them on their site, but in short, it's a single-executable that's a SCM tool, wiki, and bug tracker all in one. Yeah, that's pretty cool.

I haven't delved too far into it yet, however I did discover something that made it very usable for me: I can use the wiki to record any ideas I have and store them with my source tree. I did this not too long ago where I wanted to record an idea of mine, but didn't really know where or how to do it. By using the Fossil wiki, unless I'm mistaken, I have full access to this wherever I am. I know for certain I can run Fossil as a service and connect via a browser, but I'm also pretty sure I can pull from the repo and start it locally, make changes to the wiki, then push the changes back to the main repository.

This and the fact that it runs in Linux and Windows, I can use it on just about any computer I come across without much trouble. Even beyond the single executable aspect of it, it's stupidly simple to set up the wiki.

For anyone who needs some simple version control and more, I highly suggest looking into this tool.

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