Odd Analogy

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at red-bean.com
Sat Jan 21 01:39:43 CST 2006

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Jamie Jackson wrote:
> I think the analogy of locking to a borrowing from a brick-and-mortar
> library is either ill-conceived or poorly explained.
>     Locking a file is a lot like borrowing a book from the library; if
>     Harry has locked a file, then Sally cannot make any changes to it.
> Making edits to borrowed books is highly discouraged. ;-) But besides
> that, I am having trouble making any useful connection between libraries
> and a repository that would help explain locking.
> IMO, if the "library" part were dropped, I think it would be a better
> paragraph.

Yeah, I have to agree.  The taking out of a lock is similar to the
checking out of a library book only in that exactly one person can do
each of those things at a time -- but that's true of many things, some
of which probably compare favorably to version control lock utility in
more than just that one way.
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