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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.
Now that you've seen an overview of Software Version Control, what are your next steps? Well, if you decided to use Git I highly recommend watching the Git Essential Training from the lynda.com online training library here, done by Kevin Skoglund. If you decided to use Subversion, you can get everything you need to know about Subversion, including a free book here at subversion.apache.org. If Perforce is what you want to use, or Perforce is what you are required to use by your enterprise, all the information you could ever want is here at perforce.com.
Information about Microsoft's Team Foundation Server, including the Team Foundation Server express Edition 2012 is available here at this address at microsoft.com. The canonical download for Git is available here at git-scm.com. And finally, Mercurial's home is here at material.selenic.com. So that's an exploration of the Fundamentals of Software Version Control. Hopefully you'll find one that does just exactly what it is you need to do, and you'll never have to read one of those error message haikus ever again. Happy versioning.
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