whither "sandbox"?

Ben Collins-Sussman sussman at red-bean.com
Sun Aug 7 08:58:12 CDT 2005

On Aug 7, 2005, at 7:47 AM, Robert P. J. Day wrote:

> i remember doing a search on the users mailing list and i distinctly
> recall seeing it used at least a couple of times, but it may be that
> you explicitly want to *discourage* that phrase, and that's fine.

Well, we're not actively trying to discourage it.  If somebody says  
"sandbox", then we all know what they mean, and nobody scolds anyone  
for saying it.

But I hesitate to say that "the term 'working copy' is just  
subversion's name for a 'sandbox'", because the term 'sandbox' is too  
general.  It's not always about version control.  For example, in  
companies where web-based-software is developed (like my own), people  
often get private web servers for development and testing, often  
referred to as 'sandboxes'.  Or, the term can be overly specific as  
well:  I've heard people refer to private branches as 'sandboxes'.

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