Friday, May 24, 2013

What is Mercurial ?

Mercurial is a fast, lightweight Source Control Management system designed for efficient handling of very large distributed projects. It is mainly implemented using the Python programming language. It is supported on Windows and Unix-like systems, such as Mac OS X and Linux.

All of Mercurial's operations are invoked as arguments to its driver program hg, a reference to the chemical symbol of the element mercury.

Mercurial's major design goals include high performance and scalability, decentralized, fully distributed collaborative development, robust handling of both plain text and binary files, and advanced branching and merging capabilities, while remaining conceptually simple. 

How you can benefit from Mercurial

  1. It is fast and powerful, It efficiently handles projects of any size and kind. Every clone contains the whole project history, so most actions are local, fast and convenient.
  2. Mercurial supports a multitude of workflows and you can easily enhance its functionality with extensions.
  3. It is easy to learn and use
  4. It is lightweight.
  5. It scales excellently.

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