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Overview of software version control

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Hello, I am Michael Lehman, welcome to Fundamentals of Software Version Control. Version Control is the process of keeping track of your creative output as it evolves over the course of a project or product. It tracks what is changed, it tracks who changes it, and it tracks why it was changed. Keeping track of that evolution is vital. Maybe you are a developer, an artist, a writer, a composer, or a designer, you need it.

Overview of software version control

Hello, I am Michael Lehman, welcome to Fundamentals of Software Version Control. Version Control is the process of keeping track of your creative output as it evolves over the course of a project or product. It tracks what is changed, it tracks who changes it, and it tracks why it was changed. Keeping track of that evolution is vital. Maybe you are a developer, an artist, a writer, a composer, or a designer, you need it.

Perhaps you write source code, build scripts, create images and icons or style sheets, you need it. Do you write novels or screenplays? Maybe you build spreadsheets or record music. You need it too. A team can use it, or you can use it for your own private projects because remembering what you've done and how it was done is a key part of creative success. Every good journey begins with a story. This is mine. A couple of months before I recorded this course, the main drive in my laptop died.

It was one of those new high-speed solid-state drives, which crashes by losing everything with no hope of recovery. For me, the biggest loss was the files for this course. While I did have a manually-created backup, that ZIP only contained the latest versions. What really saved me was the contents of my cloud-based version control system. Not only did it have the latest and greatest, it contained all of the previous versions, the seven drafts of the script, the 14 versions with the PowerPoint slides, and the evolving table of contents.

But not only did it have the content, most importantly, it contained the memory of what I learned in the process of building the course. After rebuilding my system disk, I synchronized my local directories with the data from the cloud, then I was back in business. Now, I told you that story so I can say this: everybody needs Version Control. So what's your story? Have you ever accidentally deleted the wrong file or had your hard drive crash? Have you ever made copies of an important directory as you worked only to wonder later, what's the difference between the working, the better, and the final, final with bug fix directory? Perhaps, more importantly, did you forget to make a copy of an important file before you started making changes and then need to get back to the original? Have you ever had to fix a bug in the bits you shipped 2 months ago and didn't have an easy way to get back to that exact state? More than likely, you answered yes to nearly all of these questions.

If so, Version Control tools such as Subversion, Perforce, TFS, Git, and Mercurial will help you be more organized, safeguard your source code, and even get a better night's sleep. Sound good? So let's explore Version Control and see how easy it is to use and just exactly why it's priceless when it saves the day. Let's get started.

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Fundamentals of Software Version Control

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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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