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  • February 9, 2006

Easy Access to CVS Annotations

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
In Command Line CVS or NetBeans Internal CVS?, I showed you how my traditional command-line CVS tasks can all be done in NetBeans IDE. But, now I'm getting a bit further and discovering the additional things the IDE can do for me in this area. My favorite so far is this one—CVS annotations.

First, choose "Show Annotations" on a file:

Then, the IDE shows you the versioning history of the file (i.e., the version and the committer). Plus, when you hover on an annotation, the IDE shows the commit message relating to the current annotation (as well as the commit date):

That's pretty handy. Plus, it is further motivation for me to come up with more meaningful commit messages...

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