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Perforce Updates Software Configuration Management Tools

Perforce Software has released version 2009.2 of its Software Configuration Management (SCM) system. This release offers a variety of productivity enhancements, including shelving, real-time metadata replication, and additional functionality for working offline.

With shelving, developers can cache modified files in the Perforce Server without first having to check them in as a versioned change. Shelving improves team collaboration and gives developers more flexibility in managing multiple projects. For example, Perforce Shelving lets users:

  • Pass pending changes to managers as part of Code Review or Approval workflows,
  • Share work-in-progress with another team member or workstation,
  • Make a change and then test in a distributed build environment, and
  • Put aside an effort because a higher priority task arrived.

"We are constantly working to respond to our customers' needs and this release offers an array of important new capabilities that appeal to both large and small development teams," said Kathy Baldanza, vice president of engineering at Perforce Software. "Shelving improves team collaboration and facilitates code review, additional offline capabilities make users more productive while working disconnected from their servers, and we've added real-time replication capabilities to improve overall system performance and data protection."

Shelving is supported by the 2009.2 Perforce Server, and the visual and command-line clients.

With this release developers can work disconnected, with all file changes and history preserved when the user comes back online. With the Perforce Visual Client, users can easily edit any file taken offline, add new files, and mark existing files for deletion. Sequential changes can be scheduled for submission to the server, simplifying reconciliation of changes made when connectivity is restored.

Perforce provides an automated mechanism for copying metadata from one server to another. This improves overall system performance by allowing administrators and developers the ability to run reports and database queries on the secondary server, rather than consuming resources on the primary one.

According to Perforce, this replication feature ensures data protection by playing an important role in customers' High Availability/Disaster Recovery (HADR) strategy to provide continuous access to Perforce. This can help eliminate costly downtime in the event of a planned or unplanned outage by enabling continuous data availability.

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