Git for authors

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last posted April 20, 2016, 3:33 p.m.

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They're both text so any tool that manages text workflows could be used for both; but source code and prose have great differences in practice:

Source CodeProse

Source code often has multiple authors.

Prose works have usually only one author and perhaps an editor.

Source code is functionally sensitive to tiny changes and portions are closely interdependent. Even small edits can have great effects on usability, or even mean the difference between a working and a broken product.

Prose is not functionally sensitive even to large-scale changes (it's not going to become somehow unusable if you mix your metaphors or misspell a word).

Source code is frequently reused and extended in whole or in large parts.

Prose loses value when directly reused since it derives most of its value from its originality.

8 later thoughts