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Fundamentals of Software Version Control
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Integrating a version control system with an integrated development environment (IDE)


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Fundamentals of Software Version Control

with Michael Lehman

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Two of the most popular development environments, Microsoft's Visual Studio and Apple's Xcode have integration with Source Code Control built right into the IDE. In Xcode, Git is supported natively. In Visual Studio, Microsoft provides support for Team Foundation Server and many third parties provide support for Git Subversion, Perforce, and Mercurial. In many of these integrated development environments, the environment will automatically check files out for you when you begin modifying them and support check in, reverting, branching right within the IDE. So let's take a look at Visual Studio.
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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What you should know before taking this course
      23s
    3. Using the exercise files
      53s
  2. 25m 8s
    1. Overview of software version control
      2m 51s
    2. Understanding version control concepts
      5m 14s
    3. Demo one: Getting started
      11m 1s
    4. Demo two: Handling the "oops"
      6m 2s
  3. 11m 3s
    1. The history of version control
      3m 44s
    2. Terminology
      4m 27s
    3. Exploring centralized vs. distributed systems
      2m 52s
  4. 28m 42s
    1. Getting files in and out of a repository
      4m 38s
    2. Saving changes and tracking history
      2m 47s
    3. Reverting to a prior version
      1m 42s
    4. Creating tags and labels
      1m 5s
    5. Branching and merging
      4m 10s
    6. Exploring workflow integration and continuous builds
      2m 46s
    7. Using graphical user interface (GUI) tools
      2m 39s
    8. Integrating a version control system with an integrated development environment (IDE)
      2m 50s
    9. Examining shell integration
      3m 26s
    10. Looking at forward and reverse integration
      2m 39s
  5. 25m 59s
    1. Installation and setup
      3m 31s
    2. Creating a repository and a project
      5m 10s
    3. Working with check-in, checkout, and revert
      6m 12s
    4. Tagging
      1m 34s
    5. Branching and merging
      5m 32s
    6. Working with GUI clients and IDE integration
      4m 0s
  6. 16m 13s
    1. Installation and setup
      55s
    2. Working with check-in, checkout, and revert
      9m 34s
    3. Tagging
      1m 7s
    4. Branching and merging
      4m 37s
  7. 26m 41s
    1. Installation and setup
      3m 47s
    2. Creating a repository and a project
      6m 15s
    3. Working with check-in, checkout, and revert
      8m 31s
    4. Tracking history and tagging
      2m 15s
    5. Branching and merging
      5m 53s
  8. 19m 25s
    1. Installation and setup
      3m 1s
    2. Creating a repository and a project
      1m 6s
    3. Working with check-in, checkout, and revert
      6m 39s
    4. Tagging
      2m 13s
    5. Branching and merging
      3m 44s
    6. Working with GUI clients and IDE integration
      2m 42s
  9. 16m 54s
    1. Installation and setup
      1m 48s
    2. Creating a repository and a project
      59s
    3. Working with check-in, checkout, revert, and tracking history
      6m 9s
    4. Tagging
      1m 50s
    5. Branching and merging
      4m 29s
    6. Exploring GUI and shell integration
      1m 39s
  10. 3m 38s
    1. Selecting a software version control that is right for you
      2m 30s
    2. Next steps
      1m 8s

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Fundamentals of Software Version Control
2h 55m Intermediate Nov 07, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Comparing centralized vs. distributed systems
  • Saving changes and tracking history
  • Using revert or rollback
  • Working with the GUI tools
  • Using IDE and shell integration
  • Installing different systems
  • Creating a repository
  • Tagging code
  • Branching and merging code
  • Selecting a software version control system that's right for you
Subjects:
Developer Mobile Apps Desktop Apps Programming Foundations
Software:
Git Mercurial ALM/TFS Perforce
Author:
Michael Lehman

Integrating a version control system with an integrated development environment (IDE)

Two of the most popular development environments, Microsoft's Visual Studio and Apple's Xcode have integration with Source Code Control built right into the IDE. In Xcode, Git is supported natively. In Visual Studio, Microsoft provides support for Team Foundation Server and many third parties provide support for Git Subversion, Perforce, and Mercurial. In many of these integrated development environments, the environment will automatically check files out for you when you begin modifying them and support check in, reverting, branching right within the IDE. So let's take a look at Visual Studio.

Here we have a solution inside Visual Studio, a simple console application which has a main program and two separate features. I've gone ahead and created a project inside the Team Foundation Server on CodePlex and prepared to add this project to TFS. You can see the green plus signs right here and right here, next to each one of these things, indicating that an add is pending. But the code has not yet been checked into TFS, so let's go through that process. As you can see, it's not only here in the Source Code Control Explorer, but also over here in the Solution Explorer, the status of the files within the Version Control system are clearly indicated.

So we'll come over here to the application, and we'll select Check In Pending Changes. First, it asks if you want to save your changes to make sure that the working set on disk is updated with the contents of the working set inside the application, so we'll save that. And now we have a Pending Changes tab over here now in the Team Explorer which has a place for our commit Comment. So we'll say Initial add of ConsoleApplication1. In more sophisticated things, you can actually associate related work items, decide exactly which changes you want.

In this case, we're all set to go, we're going to click Check In. It asks us if we want to continue to check in 9 items, we'll say yes, and you can see now here it says Changeset 18686 successfully checked in. And now if we go over here and look in the Source Control Explorer, we'll see not only the folders, but we can actually see all of the files that are checked in. Here's the Properties folder, the App.config, and all of the files that we checked in. And if we come back to the Solution Explorer, we can now see this little lock icon, which means that these files are actually checked in.

If we open up one of these in order to be able to do some editing, and we start typing, you can see over here in the Solution Explorer that it has a little red check mark, which means it's checked out to me. So that's the power of using a Version Control system integrated into the IDE is you don't have to go separately to your Version Control and think about the process of using Version Control while you're developing. While using a Version Control system in an IDE can be very powerful, don't forget there will be times when it fails, so always keep the command line reference handy.

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