P4 Blog

  • April 08, 2016

    Perforce servers contain a gold mine of data. Interesting data can include the number of changelists per day, the trends in your user license count or the amount of replication lag in your distributed environment.

    What data do you extract from Perforce, and how do you use it?

    At Tableau Software, our mission is to help people see and understand their data. And we help ourselves do the same thing; using our own products is one of our core company values. We use simple Perforce commands, p4toDB queries and customized database solutions to uncover insights in our Perforce data.

  • April 05, 2016

    A few months ago I blogged about Narrow Cloning with GitSwarm, a feature Git developers have needed for some time. Today I’m circling back to the same topic because our new release of GitSwarm, 2016.1, makes it even easier than before.

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  • April 04, 2016


    Although you may not be familiar with our company name, you are undoubtedly familiar with Pac-Man. NAMCO BANDAI, then known as NAMCO, created the original Pac-Man game in 1980 in Japan. Back then, in the old days of game development, we didn’t use version control. A game was created by one game designer, one programmer, one graphic artist and one sound artist.

  • April 01, 2016

    Mistakes are ever-present in a programmer’s life. No matter how experienced we are, we’ll never be immune from making mistakes. Since we can’t avoid them, we’re best off when we prepare for when they do happen. Using a version control system such as Git is one of the best preparations you can make.

  • March 31, 2016

    We truly live in a connected world. There are so many ways to engage with one another that it's almost mind boggling. The Perforce Community is not an exception to that trend. Whether you're sharing your open source tools in the Workshop, asklng questions in the Perforce Forums, or kickin' it old school on our IRC channel - there are plenty of ways to stay in touch! Now, there is another way. Join the Perforce Community on Slack. Feel free to ask questions, share your projects and ideas or just chat with other members of the Perforce Community. 

  • March 29, 2016

    For the fifth year in a row, McKesson’s iKnowMed application received the #1 ranking among Oncology & Hematology Electronic Health Records (EHR).

    There are many pieces that go into creating such a great app, including our use of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment. We implemented a narrow version of Continuous Deployment, and later set up Continuous Integration before we even knew these approaches had names. Shortly after becoming Perforce users 16 years ago, we realized that its usefulness went far beyond what we expected from a version control system. We have a great team of developers, but we are also surrounded by other professionals who started using Perforce to manage documentation, configuration changes, training videos, clinical content and timely, customized news and information that can show up on the customer’s home page simply by submitting the information to Perforce Helix. Our CD and CI approaches grew from need and opportunity. Perforce Helix’s flexibility allowed this to happen.