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This course is a gateway to learning software version control (SVC), process management, and collaboration techniques. Author Michael Lehman reviews the history of version control and demonstrates the fundamental concepts: check-in/checkout, forking, merging, commits, and distribution. The choice of an SVC system is critical to effectively managing and versioning the assets in a software development project (from source code, images, and compiled binaries to installation packages), so the course also surveys the solutions available. Michael examines Git, Perforce, Subversion, Mercurial, and Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) in particular, describing the appropriate use, features, benefits, and optimal group size for each one.
All right, let's take a look at Perforce. Perforce is a centralized version control system with a new distributed add-on called Git Fusion. We're only going to locate the centralized version because Git Fusion actually requires a separate server in order to run it. Whether it's virtualized or real, it allows you to use Git as a front end for Perforce. For up to 20 users or 20 workspaces, Perforce is free. And of course then there are commercial licenses which I believe are sold on a per seat basis. There's also a cloud-based version that you can use in the trial basis.
And you can find that to link you see here on the screen. This link will also live in the Links.rtf file in the exercise files folder. And also here's the link to download the local version that gives you that up to 20 users 20 workspaces for free. So let's move on and install the Perforce Server and the Perforce client.
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