[p4] P4V vs. P4WIN
yariv.sheizaf at sap.com
Tue Apr 17 00:23:25 PDT 2007
There are many benefits in P4V, but the two major factors for new users (specially if they are making evaluation in their company, and you should sell them the product) are:
1. Intuitive. “I had to FORCE myself” is unacceptable.
2. Performance. Important specially in multi-sites companies. Again, P4V is slower.
SAP - SBS Cyprus Engineering Services TL
From: Shawn Hladky [mailto:p4shawn at gmail.com]
Sent: ב, אפריל 16, 2007 8:43
To: Sheizaf, Yariv
Cc: David Weintraub; perforce-user at perforce.com
Subject: Re: [p4] P4V vs. P4WIN
I'm surprised so many people think P4Win is more intuitive than P4V. My experience is the opposite. In P4V, you have the "Files" tab, the address bar, and the ability to show only folders in the tree. All of those make P4V behave more like windows explorer than P4Win. The terms "Get Latest", and "Check Out" are much more intuitive than "Sync to Head", and "Open for Edit" (although I hate that it's different from all the other clients). The resolve file dialog is also much more intuitive than P4Win for new users (although confusing if you already know Perforce's bizarre terminology). We switched our training docs for new employees and have all of them learning P4V now. Most of our existing users use P4Win, and even though the new people see their peers using P4Win, they don't switch from P4V after the training.
Frankly, I don't think the average user would notice any functional between P4Win and P4V. Sync, Edit, Submit, diff, file history, etc. all work basically the same in both GUI's. It's really only the power users that notice all the small features that are in one and not the other. Personally I use P4V (60%), p4 (25%), p4api (10%) and p4win (5%)... that's the combination that's most productive for me. Honestly, it was painful to transition from P4Win to P4V... I had to FORCE myself to use it for about 2 weeks. But once I got over some of the initial learning curve (and wrote a couple custom tools), I found I was more productive in P4V than P4Win.
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