Reliable Software LLC Advances Peer-to-Peer Version Control Technology by Including a P2P Wiki and Bug Database with the Upcoming Release of Code Co-op 5.0

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The upcoming release of Code Co-op 5.0 is due out this fall. With this release Reliable Software continues its track record of innovation by introducing peer-to-peer Wiki support and an extensible Wiki-based database. This release will also round out Code Co-op’s base feature set by including branch and merge support. For email collaborators, Code Co-op 5.0 will support SMTP/POP3 as an alternative to interfacing with MAPI email clients. Extensive improvements have been made to the GUI to simplify the review of incoming changes and historical change records.

Reliable Software® announces the upcoming release of Code Co-op® version 5.0. Code Co-op is an affordable peer-to-peer version control system for distributed development enabling collaboration through Email, LAN, or VPN -- no server required.

The upcoming release of Code Co-op 5.0 is due out this fall. With this release Reliable Software continues its track record of innovation by introducing peer-to-peer Wiki support and an extensible Wiki-based database. This release will also round out Code Co-op’s base feature set by including branch and merge support. For email collaborators, Code Co-op 5.0 will support SMTP/POP3 as an alternative to interfacing with MAPI email clients. Extensive improvements have been made to the GUI to simplify the review of incoming changes and historical change records.

The Wiki functionality allows team members to create local Wiki sites in their projects. These sites may contain notes, to-do lists, design plans, or any other documentation, ranging in form from pure text to richly formatted documents. Creating, editing, hyperlinking, and embedding pictures in Wiki pages is easy and intuitive. The pages are automatically versioned and shared between team members using Code Co-op, without the need for a web server. These sites are navigable using a built-in, full-featured Internet Browser Control.

Version 5.0 includes a flexible bug tracking system built on top of Code Co-op. Each bug report is a Wiki file which contains a combination of database fields and free-form Wiki-formatted text, with links, screenshots, preformatted code and more. Using a simplified version of SQL that is built into Code Co-op Wiki, bug reports can be displayed and organized based on their properties. This mechanism is general enough to let the user create and manage arbitrary text-based databases.

Previous versions of Code Co-op had limited support for branches. This release introduces intuitive branch merging using pluggable external tools.

The addition of SMTP/POP3 support introduces the ability to collaborate using almost any email system that supports these protocols. It also means that the distribution of change scripts is completely hidden in the background. Many popular free email hosts like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail support SMTP/POP3.

The GUI improvements include the addition of split-pane history display, which makes it very easy to view, save, compare, and merge historical versions of files. Selecting a project version in the history pane brings up the list of changed files in the file pane. Specific changes can then be viewed by double-clicking on each file. The same convenient UI is used for reviewing incoming scripts before synchronization.

You can find more information at http://www.relisoft.com/co_op/50annc.html
Download its trial copy from: http://www.relisoft.com/co_op/download.html

Pricing and Availability:

More information on Code Co-op can be found at http://www.relisoft.com. Code Co-op runs on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0 or later. Currently, new licenses are $159 per seat. Free same-day e-mail product support is provided to licensed and unlicensed users.

About Reliable Software:

Reliable Software’s contributions to the software development community go beyond Code Co-op. On their website, they provide extensive information for developers, including tutorials and an on-line book. The founder of Reliable Software is the author of "C++ in Action, Industrial Strength Programming Techniques" (Addison-Wesley 2001) and a regular contributor to various trade magazines.

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