|Unified CodeCount (UCC)||CLOC||POWERSOFTWARE||EZ-Metrics||Metrixware|
|Windows & Linux||Linux 2.6.9, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows 9x/Me/XP/Vista, Solaris||BOTH||Windows, Linux planned but no date||Both|
|How the tool manages folder hierarchy changes?||The tool tries to match files between two baselines using filenames. As such, two files having the same name in different folder structures can be matched. The tool also detects to match and compare files if the folder is changed while filenames of the files contained in the folder are kept the same.||NA||No information||NA|
|How the tool manages files which are renamed?||Currently, the tool does not handle files renamed. However, if the file is renamed but its content does not change, the tool considers it as a duplicate.||NA||No information||NA|
|How the tool manages files or block swapping?||We have not handled swapping blocks of code yet. If the code is copied from one place to another, it is considered as deleted and added. If files are swapped and its filename does not change, the tool can match and compare them.||Available||No information||Available|
|What is the algorithm used for line change detection?||For comparing between lines, we detect the number of common characters between them and determine whether they are modified or deleted using a threshold. This threshold can be specified through a parameter named –t. For detecting bulk of changed or added code, we implemented our own algorithm for detecting longest common sequences. I am sorry, it is quite complex to be described in this email. We are documenting it in detail, and if you are interested I can send you a copy after it is completed.||SLOC, PERL Mod||No information||NA|
|GUI & CLI||CLI||CLI||Both but separate products||GUI|
|CSV & XML Output||Only TXT||XML||HTML, CSV, RAW XML data||YES|
|Provide Qualitative metrics?||No. The tool is focused on software size metrics.||NO||yes but separate product||YES|
|Price||Open Source||Open Source||KEPM (which includes EPM) costs 1,995 USD for a single license or 4,995 for a 5-user license||Commericial|
|Frequency of the releases||No information in net||Regular||One minor/Major release per month or 2 months.|
|Date of last release||December,2009||Apr-10||16-Mar-10|
|Press on the net||Not many reviews available in net||Nope|
|Integration with quality platform||Provides different language source for the integration.||Nope|
|Algorithm confidence||The total sizing of analyzed source code files in terms the SLOC count contains the highest degree of confidence. However, the sizing information pertaining to the sub classifications (compiler directives, data lines, executable lines) has a somewhat lower level of confidence associated with them.
Misclassifications of the sub classifications of SLOC may occur due to:
(1) user modifications to the UCC tool,
|SLOC algorithm with perl string handling features and SPAN mdoules||NA|
|Advantages / Drawbacks / Comments||Output not according to our need.
Limited Output Format
Delta is not useful
Low Processing speed
|Output according to our need.
Output in many form(CSV, XML, TXT and Mysql)
Delta is useful according to our needs
|I tried 30 days trial version. They given web based account/dashboard to add src file and generate output. Which was not functional and could not test it functionality in details. Basic functionality is not working.|
|Tool||Open Source – Commercial||URL|
|SLOC||Open Source -> Commercial||http://www.dwheeler.com/sloccount/|
|Unified CodeCount (UCC)||Open Source||http://sunset.usc.edu/research/CODECOUNT/|
ANTHILLPRO COMPARISON WITH ATLASSIAN BAMBOO
AnthillPro Vs Bamboo OR
Difference between AnthillPro and Bamboo OR
Last month i was discussing with Eric Minick from Anthillpro on Why Build Engineer should be go for AnthillPro instead of Bamboo and i found some interesting inputs which i am sharing below;
Bamboo is a respectable team level continuous integration server. Continuous Integration servers are focused on providing feedback to developers about the quality of their recent
builds, and how that compares to previous builds. While AnthillPro also provides continuous integration features, it pays special attention to what hAnthillpropens after build time.
Where is the build deployed? How does it get tested in the hours, days and weeks after the build occurs? Who releases the software and how?
The distinction in focus between the two solutions shows up in their features. Both AnthillPro and Bamboo provide continuous integration support and integrations with
numerous tools. Only AnthillPro provides the features required to take a build through the release pipeline into production – rich security, build lifecycle management, eAtlassian Bamboo.
For the purposes of this document, we will use the following product aAtlassian Bambooreviations:
There is a lot more to implementing true lifecycle management than simply using the term in marketing and sales materials. The lifecycle extends across multiple processes in
addition to the build process. Most tools have had a very narrow view of this space and have focused their energies purely on the build process. The end result is that true lifecycle
management is an afterthought, and it shows in the features (or lack thereof) in their products. A continuous integration
As the lifecycle is made up of multiple processes (such as the build, deployments, tests, release, and potentially others), a lifecycle management tool must provide some means of
tracking and managing the movement of a build through the lifecycle stages. Without this feature, there is nothing to connect a build process execution to a deployment process
execution to a test process execution; thus the end user has no way of knowing what build actually got tested. Without this pipeline management feature (which we call the Build
Life), traceability between processes is completely absent from the tool.
Atlassian Bamboo: No pipeline management out of the box.
Anthillpro: Provides pipeline management out‐of‐the‐box. Anthillpro has a first‐class concept called the Build Life. The Build Life represents the pipeline and connects the build process to later
processes like deployments into QA, Anthillproprovals by managers, functional testing, and release to production. The pipeline (Build Life) provides guaranteed traceability throughout all
processes in the lifecycle, and provides a context for collecting logs, history, and other data gathered throughout the lifecycle.
Key to lifecycle management is the ability to connect the outputs of a prior process (such as the build) to the inputs of a subsequent process (such as a deployment). After all, the
deployment process needs to have something to deploy. Ideally, the deployment process would deploy the artifacts produced by the build process. And the test process would run
tests on those same artifacts. The ability to cAnthillproture and manage the artifacts created by a build and other processes is central to this effort. Ideally, the artifacts would be managed
by an artifact repository (a Definitive Software Library (DSL) under ITIL). Further, as hundreds or thousands of builds hAnthillpropen, support for discarding old builds needs to
intelligently remove builds that are no longer interesting. Anthillpro bundles a binary artifact repository called CodeStation.
Atlassian Bamboo: Bamboo does cAnthillproture built artifacts but does not have a robust artifact management system. It does not maintain artifact checksums for validation. Old builds may be archived
after a certain number of weeks, but there is no designation for builds that have been to or are potentially going to production that would use a different retention policy. Artifacts are available for user download, but are not accessible for reuse by other plans or deployments.
Anthillpro: Built‐in artifact management system (DSL) called CodeStation. The cAnthillproture, fingerprint and management of artifacts is essential to the solution. This allows AnthillPro to guarantee traceability of artifacts from the build, through deployment, through testing, and into release (in other words, AnthillPro guarantees that what is released into production is what was tested and built). A maximum number of builds or age to keep can be set per project and per status. This means that builds that were released can be kept longer than a simple continuous integration build.
Especially as servers address functionality before the build – deployments or tests to various environments, controlling who can do what within the system can be key element
securing the system and providing clear separation of duties. Once something has been done, it can be equally important to find out who ran which processes.
Authentication and Authorization
Atlassian Bamboo: Basic role based security. Users may be assigned roles and permissions at the project level. Integration with LDAnthillpro, compliments internally managed security.
Anthillpro: AnthillPro provides a rich role based security system, allowing fine‐grained control over who can see which project, run which workflows and interact with which
environments. The Authentication system supports internally managed, single sign on systems, LDAnthillpro, Kerberos (Active Directory), and JAnthillproS modules.
Secure Value Masking
Many “secrets” are used when building and deploying. Passwords to source control, servers, and utilities are often needed to execute build, deploy, test processes.
Atlassian Bamboo: No facility for securely storing Anthillproplication passwords or obfuscating them from the logs. Bamboo does manage to write libraries for some integrations that avoid passing the
password where the logs can see that line. It has no facility that we can see for flagging a command line parameter that will be logged as secure and filtering that value from the log.
Anthillpro: Sensitive values like Anthillproplication passwords are automatically filtered out of logs, hidden in the user interface, entered through password fields, and stored in the database encrypted with a triple DES one time key.
Process Automation & The Grid
In a distributed environment, managing your build and deployment grid needs to be easy.
Atlassian Bamboo: Agents are added into a fairly uniform pool. Agents can define broad cAnthillproabilities they provide and jobs can define what cAnthillproabilities they need to perform matchmaking.
Anthillpro: AnthillPro provides the concept of an environment. Environments are groups of servers. A build farm for a class of projects could be one environment while the QA environment for another project would be another environment. This allows for roaming – or deploying to everything – to span just the machines in an environment. Jobs can be
assigned to a single machine, or roam, or select machines based on criteria like processor type, operating system, or customized machine cAnthillproabilities.
Complex Process Automation
Atlassian Bamboo: Bamboo runs full plans on a single agent. While different agents can be running various builds in parallel, any given plan is executed on just a single agent.
Anthillpro: AnthillPro provides a rich workflow engine, which allows jobs to be run in sequence, parallel, and combinations thereof. Jobs can also be iterated so that they run multiple times with slight variations in their behavior on each execution. This allows parallelization that takes advantage of numerous agents. This facility also makes sophisticated deployments possible.
Cross Site Support
Atlassian Bamboo: Bamboo provides no special support for agents (slaves) that exist outside the local network.
Anthillpro: AnthillPro is architected with support for an cross‐site, even international, grid. Agent relays and location specific artifact caches assist in easing the configuration and
performance challenges inherent in deployment involving multiple sites.
Component based development and reuse are concepts that get a lot of lip service but few if any features from most vendors. Only AnthillPro provides features to enable component based development and software reuse. A flexible dependency management system is part of the built‐in feature set of AnthillPro. The dependency management system is integrated with the bundled artifact repository and with the build scheduler so that builds can be pushed up the dependency grAnthillproh and pulled down the dependency grAnthillproh as configured. Integration with Maven dependency management provides an integrated system.
Atlassian Bamboo: Provides some basic support for build scheduling based on dependencies. A build of one project can kick off a build of it’s dependents and some blocking strategies can prevent wild numbers of extra builds being generated. Bamboo does not provide any tie in between dependency triggering and build artifacts – sharing artifacts between projects is left to the team to figure out with an external tool such as Anthillproache Maven.
Anthillpro: Support for dependency relationships between projects out‐of‐the‐box. AnthillPro provides a rich set of features for relating projects together. Large projects often have tens
or hundreds of dependencies on sub‐projects, common libraries and third party libraries. At build time the dependency system can calculate which projects need to be rebuilt based on changes coming in from source control. At build time, artifacts from dependency projects are provided to the dependants with version traceability and tracking.
AnthillPro provides highly customizable build scheduling and artifact sharing to these projects. In a “pull” model, anytime a top level project is built, it’s dependencies are inspected to see if they are up‐to‐date. If not, they are first built, then the top level project is built. In a “push” model, builds of dependencies will trigger builds of their dependents. AnthillPro interprets the dependency grAnthillproh to avoid extra builds or premature builds. In the case of Maven projects, AnthillPro can simply provide the scheduling or cooperate with Maven to provide traceable artifact reuse.
While both tools have a lot of similarities, AnthillPro’s Lifecycle Management, Dependency Management, and full featured Security cAnthillproabilities set it Anthillproart. Only AnthillPro supports
complete end‐to‐end traceability across all the phases of Build, Deploy, Test, and Release. While Bamboo is likely an effective team level continuous integration server, AnthillPro is a proven solution for enterprises looking to automate the full lifecycle of a build. For build and release automation the technology leader since 2001 is AnthillPro. We were
the first to release a Build Management Server. We were the first to recognize the need for comprehensive lifecycle management (beyond just build management), and we were the
first to release features required to deliver on the vision. We have been very successful at enterprise level RFPs and have added hundreds of customers including some of the leading banks, insurance companies, and high‐technology companies in the world. Our dedication to solving the problems faced by our customers means that we are very responsive to feature and enhancement requests with turn around times measured in days or weeks instead of months and quarters. Urbancode delivers the leading product in its space, the expertise to roll it out, and caring support for our customers to ensure their continued success.
What is Maven 2?
Maven 2.0 is a complete rewrite of the ‘original’ Maven application (‘Maven 1’). As such, it is very different from Maven 1, and not backwards-compatible (eg, it cannot execute Maven 1 plugins). However, Maven 2.0 is the latest stable release of the Maven application, and new users are generally encouraged to use it for all new projects.
If you are familiar with Maven 1, you can find some information about moving to Maven 2 here or on the main Maven site.
To access the repository from your project, add the following line to your project.properties or build.properties.
For Maven2, one needs to add the following into a project’s pom.xml, or into conf/settings.xml // (NOT in mirrors/mirror) where Maven2 is installed:
Maven 2 Lifecycles
Lifecycles are groupings of goals that define a process for building a project. Goals are bound to lifecycles to define a sequence that must be accomplished to produce results. Lifecycles ensure that users building projects with Maven only need to learn a small set of commands. Whereas Maven defines a default set of goals for each typical lifecycle, developers can bind additional goals to lifecycles to transparently add functionality to a build.
Typical lifecycles include:
- compile—compile the source code
- test—unit test the compiled source.
Note: Unit tests should not require the classes to be packaged or deployed.
- package—bundle the compile and tested source code into a distributable package, such as a jar or war.
- integration-test—employ the package as necessary and run integration tests.
- install—install the package into the local repository. This allows the package to be utilized as a dependency of other projects.
- deploy—copies the final package into the remote repositories for sharing and use with other projects.
As you can see, each lifecycle depends upon and builds upon the next. As a result, when a goal is bound to the compile lifecycle, all lifecycles will ensure its execution.
Lifecycles can be executed in conjunction with standalone goals. For instance, commonly the clean:clean goal is executed before the install goal. This is done by invoking:
m2 clean:clean install
Native Multiproject Support
One of the best practices that Maven strongly encourages is the idea that a single project should result in a single artifact, or package, being created. This best practice results in simplified builds and organized project structures. By natively supporting a hierarchical structure of projects, Maven now makes developing enterprise projects which implement this approach easier.
Maven 1 included a plugin for working with related of projects—or multiprojects. Maven 2 takes multiproject builds a step further by including a specialized parent descriptor and native multiproject execution support. As a result, any goals or lifecycles invoked upon a multiproject POM will result in each subproject goal being achieved.
Several other changes are included in Maven 2. Maven has been rewritten to be smaller and faster. The architectural changes make embedding Maven into other tools easier and allows for faster command line execution. Maven 2 depends upon fewer dependencies, resulting in a smaller distribution.
The way extensions are made to Maven has been changed in Maven 2. Instead, developers are encouraged to utilize JavaBeans for enhancements. Whereas scripting is allowed (through marmalade support—which includes a jelly facade), it is no longer the tool of choice. All extensions are made through the development of plugins (projects can no longer be customized through scripting in the maven.xml).
The introduction of a settings.xml file replaces the need for properties files. The settings file can be defined at a system, user, or project level. Settings are used to define private configuration information, including usernames and passwords. Project properties (including plugin configuration) are now all defined in the pom.xml.
Understanding Maven 2 Project Types
The first step to creating a maven project is determining which project template, or archetype, your Maven project should be configured as. Archetypes define which type of artifact will be produced by a project. Several archetype templates exist. The standard archetype will produce a standard library jar file. Templates also exist for webapps/wars, Maven plugin projects, documentation Web sites, and more.
Creating Project Descriptors
The archetype:create goal can be utilized to create a basic pom.xml for you project. This basic POM will allow you to execute all of the lifecycles and goals associated with any maven project. The archetype:create goal should be executed as follows:
m2 archetype:create -DgroupdId=com.daviddewolf.maven -DartifactId=example
This simple command creates the basic infrastructure needed for a project. It creates the pom.xml as well as the basic directory structure of for both source and test code. The following structure indicates the directories and files produced by issuing the archetype:goal command as listed above.
This simple structure that is created is enough to get started with Maven. All of the lifecycles now can be utilized. A simple invocation of the install lifecycle will compile, test, and package the application and then deploy it to the local system repository for use by other projects.
Once created, the POM can be customized to meet the requirements of the specific project. Documentation on the Maven POM can be found on the Maven2 Web site.
Goals You Should Know About
The introduction of lifecycles in Maven 2 has greatly reduced the number of goals that a developer must be aware of. Still, the following goals will undoubtedly be found useful (and can be utilized as soon as the basic descriptor has been generated).
- clean:clean Clean all artifacts and intermediary files created by Maven
- idea:idea Generate project files for the IntelliJ IDEA IDE
- eclipse:eclipse Generate project files for the Eclipse IDE
- javadoc:javadoc Generate the javadocs for the project
- antrun:run Run a specified ant target
- clover:clover Generate a coverage report for the project
- checkstyle:checkstyle Generate a checkstyle report for the project
- site:site Generate a documentation Web site for the project. This site will include many information reports concerning the project.
For more information concerning these and other goals, see the Maven2 Web site.
Learning Maven is not difficult; it simply requires a willingness to accept a new philosophy for building applications. Maven utilizes a a centralized project descriptor to intelligently build applications with prebuilt build tools. This differs greatly from ant and other build tools in that project developers are no longer required to write build systems by using a comprehensive set of utilities. This change will save development teams significant time and has started a revolution in build tools.
It is important to remember that Maven2 is still currently only released as Beta Software. Although it is mature enough to utilize in most projects, all of the Maven 1 plugins have not yet been migrated to Maven 2. With time, Maven 2 will become more widely accepted and the number of available plugins will grow beyond what is even available in Maven 1.
Two of the core principles of agile development are: “deliver working code frequently” and “working software is the primary measure of progress.” More and more teams, from ISVs to enterprise IT groups, are recognizing the quality and productivity benefits of integrating early and often. Whether you want to just build and test more frequently or implement a comprehensive agile process, you’ll need to ensure that your build and test process is:
- automated (not requiring manual intervention)
- reliable (broken builds are the enemy of an agile approach)
Addressing the build-test-deploy process is one of the best first steps toward an agile development model.
|Agile Development Challenge||
|Builds require manual intervention||Integrating often will overwhelm a manual build process|
|Slow build cycle (whether long individual builds or a large number of build targets)||Long builds limit the number of iterations possible in a day
Builds longer than ~30 minutes rule out Continuous Integration
|Developers introducing errors during integration or production builds||If developers can’t do preflight builds and tests on all targets/platforms prior to check-in, Continuous Integration can turn into Continuously Broken Builds|
Deployment of a real world application is a complex, and all-too-often, a manual process. The complexity comes from the fact that the application may need to be deployed to any number of environments: Development (DEV), Quality Assurance (QA), User Acceptance Testing (UAT), Pre-production (STAGE), and Production (PROD). Each of these environments is typically slightly different requiring different accounts, password, and setting and thus it may seem like manual intervention is required.
Complicating matters is the fact that today’s business applications comprise multiple moving parts that all need to be synchronized and deployed together. For example, a typical J2EE application can be made up of an EAR file, database changes, some static content, and environment changes (such as JDBC connection pools, Message Queues, etc.). Making sure that all these pieces get deployed on the correct machines and in the correct order can feel like a daunting task, especially if you need to repeat it for each environment. Keep in mind that each environment may have a different number of database servers, application server, HTTP server, etc.
Slow software build cycles are more than just an annoyance. Whether you have long monolithic builds or a large number of smaller builds that take a long time, they are having a real impact on your development organization.
- Wasted time, frustration waiting for builds
- Fixing broken builds delays testing
- Fewer bugs fixed, fewer features added
- Developers avoid builds
- QA may skip tests to meet deadlines
A recent survey of more than 350 development professionals found that 68% reported broken builds at least a few times per month (and often weekly), and fixing those typically wasted 2 weeks per year. The majority said their builds were each more than 1 hour long, with 24% reporting builds of 2-4 hours, which translates to time not spent creating great software.
In a large infrastructure with many projects, the CI server often experiences variable task loads with unpredictable load peaks (such as during releases). In an environment with fixed resources, this leads to build queue growths, increased build times, and poor build scheduling control.
Computing clouds such as Amazon EC2 provide a nice and efficient way to scale resources to fulfill variable demands with random load spikes. Such rapid demand growths is exactly what happens in Build Server during CI “rush hours,” when everyone starts personal builds before going home, and also during pre-release days, when every new fix needs another round of unit tests, and build feedback time becomes mission-critical.
Build Server utilizes EC2 via virtual build agents. Virtual build agents are similar to standard ones, except that they run on virtual instances on the Amazon EC2. This means that Build Server is able to dynamically start as many instances of such agents as needed, in order to keep the build queue under control under high loads. Additionally, Build Server can shut down virtual build agents when they are not needed anymore, to minimize EC2 instances uptime.
While being a great solution for mitigating peak loads and maintaining constant build feedback time, Amazon EC2 integration also provides great cost optimization opportunities, as each resource accumulates costs only while in use.
In recent years, build management solutions have provided even more relief when it comes to automating the build process. Both commercial and open source solutions are available to perform more automated build and workflow processing. Some solutions focus on automating the pre and post steps around the calling of the build scripts, while others go beyond the pre and post build script processing and drive down into streamlining the actual compile and linker calls without much manual scripting.
|Cloud – Elastic||NO||YES||No||YES||YES|
|WorkFlow Mgmt||YES||YES – Limited||YES||YES – Limited||YES, Limited|
Difference between Bamboo Vs TeamCity Vs CruiseControl
- TC pre-tested commit is good.
- TC integrates to Visual Studio which is our main IDE.
- JetBrains are more focused on supporting .NET builds than Atlassian is, since JetBrains actually has .NET products so they use it internally.
- Support for .Net projects, as well as Java, in the same product (nice if you need it).
- Server-side code coverage analysis (you could get the same results by running EMMA from the Ant build.xml)
- Server-side static code analysis using IDEA inspections (nice but relies on using IDEA for development – Checkstyle and FindBugs could do something similar from Ant).
- Pre-tested commits. Sends your changes to the CI server for building before committing to version control. Your changes are only checked-in if the build succeeds and all tests pass.
- Bamboo JIRA integration is awesome. I wish TeamCity provides that kind of integration.
- Bamboo on the other hand looks like a great tool too. It has so many plugins (just like JIRA). It looks nice as well. I can live without VSTD integration, but I really wanted pre-tested commit. Just a note: I did create a feature request ticket to Atlassian telling them about TC’s pre-tested commit feature.
- “CruiseControl is a framework for a continuous build process.”
- “Bamboo is a continuous integration build server that offers heaps of insight on build processes and patterns via solid reporting metrics.”
- “TeamCity is an innovative, IDE independent, integrated team environment targeted for .NET and Java software developers and their managers.”
- “AnthillPro3 is a third generation Build Management Server.”
Links and Reference:
|File Comparing Tools review|
|File comparison in computing is the automatic comparing of data between
files on a file system. The result of comparisons are typically
displayed to the user, but can also be used to accomplish tasks in
networks, file systems and revision control.| Comparison of file comparison tools | comparison tools | Good comparison tools | comparison tools review | comparison tools feedback | Free File comparison Tools || Beyond Compare Review | Compare Suite review | Araxis Merge review |ECMerg Review | FileMerge review | WinMerge Review | Diffutils Review|
|Compare Files, Folders
Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders. By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you’re interested in and ignore those you’re not. You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records.
You can compare entire drives and folders at high speed, checking just sizes and modified times. Or, thoroughly verify every file with byte-by-byte comparisons. FTP sites and zip files are integrated seamlessly, so you can update your website with the touch of a button. Once you’ve found pecific files you’re interested in, Beyond Compare can intelligently pick the best way to compare and display them. Text files can be viewed and edited with syntax highlighting and comparison rules tweaked specifically for documents, source code, and HTML. Data files, executables, binary data, and images all have dedicated viewers as well, so you always have a clear view of the changes.
Beyond Compare includes built-in comparison viewers for a variety of data types. Compare .csv data or HTML tables in a Data Compare session,
3-way Merge Pro edition only
Introduced in version 3, Beyond Compare’s new merge view allows you to combine changes from two versions of a file into a single output. Its intelligent approach allows you to quickly accept most changes while carefully examining conflicts. Color coding and section highlighting allow you to accept, reject, or combine changes, simply and easily. And, you can change any line in the output with the built-in syntax-highlighting editor. By using Beyond Compare’s powerful file type support and ability to favor changes from one file, you can trivially accept many changes without even seeing them.
You can use Beyond Compare directly from most version control systems, giving you all of the powerful comparing and merging support you need when you need it most. Integrated source control commands are also available, allowing you to check in and check out files without interrupting your work.
Beyond Compare’s intuitive Folder Sync interface lets you reconcile differences in your data automatically. You can efficiently update your laptop, backup your computer, or manage your website, and Beyond Compare will handle all the details. You can copy to and from disks, FTP servers, and zip files, all using the same interface. Anything you don’t want affected can be easily filtered out, and all of the powerful comparison techniques are available, making the backup as fast or robust as you need.
You can automate repetitive tasks using a flexible scripting language, and any script can be called from the command line, allowing you to schedule your syncs for when it’s most convenient.
|By keywords comparison allows to match non-related documents with different structure.
Compare two folders feature allows to find and synchronize changes that were made in two folders.
Report can be created once you compared two files or folders. It contains detailed comparison information.
Document audit allows to accept or decline changes that were made in plain text files .
Ignore words. Starting version 5.0 Compare Suite can ignore certain keywords or strings while comparison.
Syntax highlighting. Compare Suite can now highlight syntax for some popular formats, such as .pas, .php, .htm and other.
Multimedia and graphics comparison. Compare Suite can compare information from multimedia and graphic formats.
Command line allows to automate comparison and integrate Compare Suite with other software products, Compare Suite can be a part of quality assurance script set.
Server-side comparison. Provide your employees with ability to compare documents on-line.
|ECMergePro 2.0 is a powerful comparison and merge software. ECMerge
provides for side-by-side, two- and three-way file revision and folder
synchronization. ECMergePro 2.0 is available in three versions: MS
Windows, Linux and Solaris. In MS Windows, ECMergePro 2.0 can be
integrated in Windows explorer. The software also provides for command
|FileMerge is one of the old NeXT Developer applications that survived into the days of Mac OS X, and with good reason: It kicks the pants off anything else when it comes to quickly going through file changes, marking them on the scrollba, allowing you to breeze through them with parallax scrolling, and merging them with a single click:|
|WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.
WinMerge is highly useful for determining what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions. WinMerge can be used as an external differencing/merging tool or as a standalone application.
In addition, WinMerge has many helpful supporting features that make comparing, synchronising, and merging as easy and useful as possible:
|You can use the diff command to show differences between two files, or each corresponding file in two directories. diff outputs differences between files line by line in any of several formats, selectable by command line options. This set of differences is often called a `diff’ or `patch’. For files that are identical, diff normally produces no output; for binary (non-text) files, diff normally reports only that they are different.
You can use the cmp command to show the offsets and line numbers where two files differ. cmp can also show all the characters that differ between the two files, side by side.
You can use the diff3 command to show differences among three files. When two people have made independent changes to a common original, diff3 can report the differences between the original and the two changed versions, and can produce a merged file that contains both persons’ changes together with warnings about conflicts.
You can use the sdiff command to merge two files interactively.