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What Does Sun Workshop Teamware Mean?

Sun Workshop Teamware is a distributed source code revision control source management product produced by Sun Microsystems. It is designed to be used by a team of people who develop software concurrently. Teamware tools increase organizational productivity and save time by simplifying source code management.


Teamware manages Sun’s Solaris OS and Java systems together, using concurrent versions system (CVS) and revision control system (RCS). They provide sophisticated source repository hierarchy, allowing for multiple file updates. Teamware also enhances distributed development by copying a repository to another repository that resides on another network. Changes are then incorporated into local copies of the repository.

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Teamware version control is implemented as a layer on the source code control system. It allows tracking changes to individual files and works through file systems, which client programs and users access through a mounted network file system. Teamware permits the configuration of working directories into workspaces and allows work to be done on individual versions of the same file, ensuring that the latest versions are available on individual workspaces. Another advantage of deploying Teamware lies in the fact that it supports coordinated parallel development, allowing for the creation of isolated workspaces for each developer. Developers are provided the capability to copy project files from a central workspace into their own private workspace and make changes to files before copying them back to the central workspace.

A team performs its work in files and directories. All working directories are placed in one high-level directory and further transformed to a workspace using the Teamware. Teamware employs the following tools:

  • Configuration: Forms intelligent connections between workspaces owned by different Teamware users and maintains the history of the workspaces used and the transactions performed
  • Versioning: Houses history and deltas for each file
  • Merging: Provides protection against changes to files performing overwrites
  • Freeze Pointing: Captures workspace snapshots
  • Building: Combines files into working applications

Teamware converts the directory into workspaces. When new workspaces are created from a workspace copy, relationships are created between workspaces and the newly created copy.


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