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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.
As we learned earlier, tagging or labeling is a key feature of version control. It allows you to tag a complete set of files so that you can get back to a known state which will allows you, for example, to fix a bug in a released version while you're working on the next version. Tagging in SVN is really easy. We'll just move up one directory to the parent and then tell SVN to make a copy, svn copy from trunk to the tags directory, and we'll call it v1. Now if we run the status command, you can see the svn thinks we want to create a v1 directory inside of tags and add f1c to that.
Our tagging is not complete as we still have to commit the tag to the repository. So if we do svn update and svn log, we can see now that we have here at the top create tag for version 1. And for the future if we do svn log and pipe it into more, we'll be able to stop it so that it doesn't scroll off the top of the screen. So here we can see the entire revision 5 where we're creating the tag for version 1.
Now go inside the tags directory, and we'll go inside v1, and there is our f1.c. All right, that's how easy it is to do tagging. Now, any time you need to make updates, you'll come back to this directory and be able to make your changes right here. And now this is separate from what's in your trunk directory, so those two things now are completely independent.
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