WANdisco Presents New Initiatives for the Subversion Open Source Project

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Makers of Subversion MultiSite Set to Contribute Server-Side Java APIs and New Obliterate Feature.

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These new initiatives, along with the recently announced addition of core Subversion developers to WANdisco's team, further demonstrates our commitment to the Subversion project

WANdisco, a leading provider of infrastructure software for replication, scalability & high availability, today will present 2 new initiatives for the Subversion open source project at SubConf 2009. These new efforts, sponsored by WANdisco, will result in new features, SubversionJ and Obliterate, which will be contributed to the Subversion open source project under the same Apache open source license currently used by the project.

The first initiative, SubversionJ, or SVNJ, will provide a rich server-side JAVA API that will leverage Subversion's established code base written in the C programming language. This will allow the Subversion community to reach out to millions of JAVA developers and enable the same expansion and enrichment of Subversion functionality on the server-side that has been seen on the client-side due to the rich set of APIs for JAVA, Python and Perl that are available.

SubversionJ's goals are to:

  •     Reach out to millions of JAVA developers who may become contributors.
  •     Reuse the existing Subversion code base wherever possible.
  •     Provide a server-side SVN/DAV implementation that will deploy in any standard J2EE container.
  •     Provide a simple, pluggable API for custom authentication and authorization implementations.
  •     Provide an API for a wide range of database back ends to offer deployment options beyond FSFS.

The second initiative is the development of the new Obliterate feature designed to address requirements to cleanly remove obsolete files and other data from Subversion repositories. Subversion's design has always been based on the concept that recorded history will never change and such a feature has never been included. Users and administrators have had to rely on workarounds that involve dump, filter and reload steps that can be error prone and result in unintended data loss.

Now that Subversion has experienced wide adoption by large corporate development organizations that have used similar features with other version control systems, Obliterate is becoming a hard requirement. In order to provide this new feature and at the same time respect the principles underlying Subversion's design, Obliterate will include comprehensive audit and recovery capabilities to ensure that history is always available.

"These new initiatives, along with the recently announced addition of core Subversion developers to WANdisco's team, further demonstrates our commitment to the Subversion project," said David Richards, President and CEO of WANdisco. "We have taken feedback from some of our larger Subversion implementations, that run into tens-of-thousands of users, and we discovered that these enhancements were absolutely essential."

Recent News and Resources:

News release: WANdisco to Play Key Role on Subversion Open Source Project: http://www.wandisco.com/php/pr.php?prdate=2009-10-28

WANdisco at SubConf 2009: http://2009.subconf.de/vortraege/wandisco/

WANdisco Subversion MultiSite: http://www.wandisco.com/subversion/multisite/

Free Download: Subversion MultiSite: http://www.wandisco.com/download/subversion/multisite/

Free Webinar: Weekly WANdisco demo: http://www.wandisco.com/php/weekly.php

News release: WANdisco Announces New Enterprise Features for Subversion Solutions: http://www.wandisco.com/php/pr.php?prdate=2009-10-15

About WANdisco:
WANdisco is a leading provider of distributed software development solutions. By using WANdisco's unique replication technology, software development can now occur anywhere without any constraints. Fortune Global 1000 companies such as AT&T, Honda, NTT and Motorola rely on WANdisco's suite of source code management solutions. For more information, please visit us at http://www.wandisco.com.

About Subversion:
Subversion (SVN) is a version control system initiated in 2000. It is used to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Its goal is to be a mostly-compatible successor to the widely used Concurrent Versions System (CVS). In a 2007 report by Forrester Research, Subversion was recognized as the sole leader in the Standalone Software Configuration Management (SCM) category and a strong performer in the Software Configuration and Change Management (SCCM) category.

Subversion is released under the Apache License, making it free software.

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