HELP NEEDED: Final technical review of the Subversion book

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at
Fri Jun 6 14:32:11 CDT 2008

Dear Subversion Community members:

O'Reilly is planning to ship a second edition of the Version Control with 
Subversion book which documents Subversion 1.5.  Ben, Fitz and myself have 
been working over the last few months to get the svnbook sources up-to-date 
with that release.  Unfortunately, Subversion 1.5 has been a bit fluid over 
that same time period, so we're not entirely confident that we've done a 
perfect job.  We appeal to you, the members of the Subversion community, for 

Karl Fogel recently organized a successful "many-hands" effort to get the 
Subversion 1.5 CHANGES file data written, employing willing volunteers who 
were each assigned a subset of change review work to be done so that the end 
result was full coverage of the necessary changes, minimal overlap amongst 
the folks doing the work, and minimal fatigue of any one volunteer.  We'd 
like to do the same with the Version Control with Subversion book.

We're looking for volunteers who are willing and able to perform technical 
review on a subset of the book.  Ideally, we'd have at least two folks with 
relevant knowledge and skills reviewing each section of the book.  The 
amount of effort can vary wildly here depending on the number of sections 
you wish to review and their contents.  Some sections are shorter than 
others, and some have fewer examples to review than others.  But they *all* 
need the benefit of extra, fresh eyes on them.

Will you please help us?

We've setup a wiki page for tracking volunteers, with instructions on the 
page for how to "claim" a review task and actually perform the review:

(You'll have to register for a username before editing the wiki page.  See

We need to have the source delivered to O'Reilly by June 16, and we'll need 
some time to respond to your review feedback.  So, if you are willing able 
to commit yourself to devoting some time to this task between now and, say, 
Friday, June 13, please hit the wiki page above, claim some sections, and 
start reading ASAP.  Just to clarify, we are requesting *technical* review 
only.  It's a bit late in the game to undertake matters of style and tone 
unless those are seriously affecting how the book is interpreted at a 
technical level.

(And of course, we welcome review and feedback from anyone at all, even 
those who aren't willing or able to *commit* to such a review over this next 

Thanks in advance for your assistance on this task.  We're excited to be 
wrapping this writing project up!

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato at>
CollabNet   <>   <>   Distributed Development On Demand

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