We hope that you have already had a successful start into 2009. We are
looking forward to working for you again this year; a year which already
offers some exciting prospects with the 2009-1 release in sight.
It will be showcased at DevWeek 2009 in London, and
we would be more than happy to welcome you for a chat at booth 7!
Naturally, presenting an outlook of PureCM 2009-1 covers the first part
of this newsletter, followed by some insights from our online survey we
conducted at the end of last year. And before I forget: We will shortly
put the public 2009-1 beta release online to give you
a hands on preview on PureCM 2009-1. Be assured that we will let you know
about it as soon as possible.
Finally, we will also change license keys with PureCM 2009-1.
This is done automatically for new licenses, but existing licenses need
to be changed at the time you update to PureCM 2009-1.
Of course, the "how to" information will soon become available
on our website.
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PureCM 2008-3c Bugfix Release
Having changed the release cycle of major releases to every 6 months,
releases during this period are now minor or bugfix releases.
This latest 2008-3c release contains some important bugfixes, such
- enhancements to the CruiseControl.NET plugin to facilitate setup
- implemented language independent file encoding using ISO8859_1
- enhancement to handle NULL characters better
- fixed Visual Studio (SCC) plugin crash
- fixed file path policy to be applied to consitency wizard
View the complete release
the 2008-3c release >>
PureCM 2009-1 Preview
Save time - with real-time merge
Until now, PureCM has supported both workspace merges and the direct
Quick Merge on the server, so performing one-off merges has been
easy. Now, the next piece to facilitate parallel development becomes
available: real-time tracking!.
PureCM 2009-1 brings the new "Merge Paths" that let you
define a relationship between any two streams, highlighting all
pending and merged changes in real time. So questions like "What
has already been merged?" or "Which changes need merging?"
can be answered instantly, saving you precious time and preventing
Using private streams? Easy with Workspace
PureCM has always supported creating multiple workspaces, a very
useful feature when working on multiple projects in parallel. Now,
switching an existing workspace to another stream becomes possible
with Workspace Rebasing.
Simply choose a new stream, and your workspace gets populated automatically.This
complementary feature is particluarly useful when working with a
workspace based on private streams, e.g. as used with task branches.
Information at your fingertip
- the new task-centric GUI
We have gone great lengths to make the completely redesigned PureCM
GUI the user-friendliest so far. Thanks to the ability to organise
multiple projects in streams and stream folders, PureCM can store
all related data in one repository. Controlling shared libraries?
This is why the new GUI features a repository centric design, presenting
its content in a more transparent way than ever. The added task-specific
views make it easier to quickly access your workspaces and projects,
providing you with all information you need - on a mouse click!
||Learn more about the 2009-1 release >>
Customer Suvey Results
In October 2008, we have conducted an online customersurvey for
the first time. The objective of this survey was to understand better
how our customers are using PureCM and to get feedback about likes
The response rate of 27% is encouraging, and we are planning to
repeat this survey on a yearly basis to interact more frequently
with our customers.
As a nice side-effect, we are happy to congratulate the winner
of our half day consulting. The next chance to win is sure to come,
be it at DevWeek or with the next survey!
With the majority of customers working on Windows platforms, it
comes as little surprise that Visual Studio is the dominating
IDE used by about 66% of the respondents. Behind VS, Eclipse
comes second with about 18%.
IRegarding process methodologies, agile has firmly taken the lead
with about 2/3 of our respondents applying agile principles
and about 1/3 using Waterfall.
We have split customer satisfaction into the broad categories ease
of use and stability.
The installation process and branching scored high regarding
ease of use, while merging and the issue management
were considered less intuitive to use.
Regarding stability, we have noted a stark
contrast between respondents using PureCM 2008-2 or newer, and
the ones using an older release. We are happy to see that we
have been able to increase customer satisfaction significantly
since launching the 2008-2 release.
Both areas remain high on our agenda. As stability is a core requirement
for any SCM tool, we are constantly striving to raise standards
even higher. Furthermore, we have already tackled merging for the
2009-1 release, while improving the IDE plugin is on our roadmap
Keep flowing the feedback stream - via blog,
online ticket or simply by writing an email.
We welcome any comment you might have!
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