Subversion Vision Conference, Day 3 (The Wrap-Up)

For those of you following the exciting saga of the Subversion Vision Conference, you'll know that today's half-day meeting was the last segment of this event. As such — and under pressure to make the best use of the time we had remaining — my fellow participants and I opted to bail out of our scheduled initial task of wordsmithing a vision statement and instead look at roadmap construction. After all, we'd agreed already on the basic assertions from which the vision statement itself would be crafted, so to get hung up on grammar was not in our best collective interest (nor yours).

Unfortunately for you, the reader, I'd rather not share just yet exactly what we came up with. It's not that I don't think you'd like it. It's just that the roadmap is not a settled matter in the Subversion development community just yet. Instead, I'll devote that creative energy into the proposal that the five attendees will be putting in front of the rest of our developer peers for general acceptance. Of course, once the community has consensed upon a plan, I'm more than happy to share it with the world.

I will, however, share with you what I consider to be a very important outcome of this meeting. I requested a pause near the end of our proceedings today to have a quick sound-off of the attendees regarding the question, "Has this meeting been beneficial to you (and your organization)?" (This was the natural complement of my Wednesday survey regarding what each of us hoped to get out the meetings.) I'm happy to report that the answer was a unanimous "Yes!" The five us are pleased with the results of the exercise undertaken and with the immediate value received from undertaking it.

Along those lines, I especially enjoyed one of our sidebars today regarding community interest and how to better communicate outward to users not inclined to join our project mailing lists. As a direct result of that conversation, I hope to soon see the subversion.org domain name find a new purpose: to serve as an aggregation location for various blogs and information streams related to Subversion and the greater Subversion ecosystem.

As I reflect now on the past half-week's discussions with the benefit of some hours and several hundred miles of travel behind me — oh, yes, it's always good to be home again! — mine is a positive take; resulting from that is a positive outlook on Subversion's future. The project has every bit as much opportunity to attract new users as it ever did, every bit as much opportunity to provide a better experience for its current users as it ever did, and now a much better likelihood of actually accomplishing both of those goals in a finite period of time. Long live Subversion!

C. Michael Pilato

C. Michael Pilato is a core Subversion developer, co-author of Version Control With Subversion (O'Reilly Media), and the primary maintainer of ViewVC. He works remotely from his home state of North Carolina as a software engineer for CollabNet, and has been an active open source developer since early 2001. Mike is a proud husband and father who loves traveling, soccer, spending quality time with his family, and any combination of those things. He also enjoys composing and performing music, and harbors not-so-secret fantasies of rock stardom. Mike has a degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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