Networked Software Development with PerforceMost commercial software configuration management (SCM) systems now support the corporate LAN (local area network). That is, any user who is connected via the LAN can transparently access the SCM repository as if it were on his or her desktop workstation. Few commercial SCM systems, however, can extend that transparent support to the slower WAN (wide area network). Because of their reliance on the high speed and low latency of LANs, most SCM systems provide no support for WAN use at all, and those that do have a not-so-transparent solution. Typically, local users have first-class access to the repository, while remote users must either deal with a read-only replica or face massive source code integration down the road.
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