[GSoC Proposal] Better Version control front-end

Andreas Pakulat apaku at gmx.de
Mon Mar 29 10:23:01 UTC 2010

On 29.03.10 10:49:50, Miha Čančula wrote:
> There are a few (maintained or not) plugins for version control in KDevelop,
> which mostly provide their own GUI for different tasks. There is also a
> framework composed of interface classes. What I would like to do is a
> unified front-end for them. It would display features common to all VCS's,
> and also some specific views. Those would be enabled based on what
> interfaces the specific plugin implements.

Thats not entirely true, all vcs plugins use the review-toolview for
reviewing commits and comitting them. In the same way all of them should be
using the KTE interface to show the blame/annotate information. And we also
have a log-viewer already that works independent from the VCS.

> One part would be directly related to version control features. It could be
> done as a single ToolView with tabs, or one ToolView per feature (my
> favourite), or perhaps even in its own window. Those windows/views would be:
>  - Modified files monitor (all)

This is already started in playground (IIRC) by Aleix, not sure what the
state is and how it works.

>  - Diff viewer (all)

It would be good to re-use the existing review-plugin for that, as it shows
the diff inline in the file.

>  - Branch viewer/manager (branching VC)
>  - Local and remote repository tracker (distributed VC)

These are some of the things really missing, especially since they enable
creation of project from a VCS.

> Additionaly, I would add "Import from KDE SVN" and "Import from Gitorious"
> options next to "Import existing project". This could be paired with
> one-click exports of new projects to the same servers.

I'm not sure how much sense these "shortcuts" make as its basically just
the url-typing you save and eventually not even that as you'll have to
provide the protocol anyway.
> Would such a unified front-end be a wanted feature? Or should I focus more
> on implementation of specific plugins?

Having the GUI shared between all VCS implementations is one of the most
important reasons for creating all those interfaces. So yes that would be


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