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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 a member of the lynda.com online training library, or if you are watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. The Exercise Files folder contains four folders, each of which contains an archived version of the ending state of the Version Control Repository for chapters 1, 4, 7, and 8 which correspond to the initial Git demo, the Subversion chapter, the Git chapter, and the Mercurial chapter. Within each folder is one or more ZIP files and a readme.txt file explaining how to unzip the contents and connect them up with the corresponding software.
There is also a file called Links.rtf which contains the URLs for downloading all the software used in this course and other helpful reference websites. Let's get started learning about Software Version Control.
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