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Caffeinated Coder A Grande, Triple Shot, Non-Fat Core Dump by Russell Ball
Today it was decided that a bug fix that I recently added to our production branch in Visual Source Safe would not be included in an upcoming hotfix release as originally planned, so I was asked to remove it.

My fix only touched 6 files, so my first thought was just to do it manually. Then I saw the rollback button in the 'Show History' window. If I were a betting man, I would have put good money on this functionality not only failing, but also wreaking havoc with our version history. However, I was feeling strangely brave today so I held my breath and clicked the button anyways.

Contrary to all expectations, it actually worked. It erased the historical records that came after the version I rolled back to, but since I already had those changes merged into the mainline I was in a forgiving mood and considered it an unfettered success.

In fact, I was so pleasantly surprised that I started to utter what might have been the first positive words about VSS that ever came out of my mouth. However, before I could finish my sentence I was greeted with this response.

I guess VSS was verklempt due to my kind words. Either that or it detected the ever so subtle note of sarcasm in my voice and closed in a huff. Truth be told, I don't think it ever forgave me for the poem I wrote about it several weeks ago.

I bet SubVersion is not this sensitive to criticism.
Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2007 11:41 PM Musings, Rants, and Humor , Tools | Back to top

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