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Using Check In/Check Out

From: Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

Video: Using Check In/Check Out

When working in a collaborative environment it's very easy for someone to overwrite a file that has been reasonably updated by another team member. In our last exercise we talked about Synchronization, and Synchronization only looks for newer files on the remote or newer files locally, it doesn't really look to see if you are uploading a file, if it's overriding a file that doesn't match up with your previous version. So that could cause a lot of hard ache. So to help you avoid this, if you are working in collaborative environment, Dreamweaver has a great feature called Check In and Check Out. So what we are going to do is we are going to go ahead and enable that and we enable Check In and Check Out when we are defining our site. So, I am going to back up to Site and Manage Sites, and again I am going to check Chapter 10 here and choose Edit and I'll check my Remote Info and on my Remote Info I am going to enable the file check-in and check-out.

Using Check In/Check Out

When working in a collaborative environment it's very easy for someone to overwrite a file that has been reasonably updated by another team member. In our last exercise we talked about Synchronization, and Synchronization only looks for newer files on the remote or newer files locally, it doesn't really look to see if you are uploading a file, if it's overriding a file that doesn't match up with your previous version. So that could cause a lot of hard ache. So to help you avoid this, if you are working in collaborative environment, Dreamweaver has a great feature called Check In and Check Out. So what we are going to do is we are going to go ahead and enable that and we enable Check In and Check Out when we are defining our site. So, I am going to back up to Site and Manage Sites, and again I am going to check Chapter 10 here and choose Edit and I'll check my Remote Info and on my Remote Info I am going to enable the file check-in and check-out.

We have a little checkbox that says Check out files when opening. If you are going to work with Check In and Check Out you need to have this checked. So I am going to go ahead and type in my name. That helps identify myself and I just going to type in james at somewhere. com, all right. So that's going to give them an email address so if there is a problem with the site and were working remotely they could email me and say hey, when you're going to upload this file again. So I am going to go ahead and click OK and done, and we are going to go ahead do is enable check-in and check-out. Now in order to turn this feature On notice that on our Files panel expanded view, we have a couple of icons that were- grayed out but now they're not.

First one is Check Out Files and second one is Check In Files. In order to make this work, I need to go ahead and check-in all my files. So I am going to click Check In and it says Are you sure you want to check in the entire site? Yes, I do. So I am going to go ahead and check it in. Now this may actually upload some files to the server if it detects any changes, and in this case it didn't. It did not detect any changes, nothing has changed since last time I synchronized them, so I just went ahead and checked them all in. Now one of the things you're going to notice is there is a little lock icon now besides each of these files. Now, the whole premise behind check-in and check-out is this. If I want to work on say the index file, I first have to check this out from the Remote Server. Now that means, if I am working in a collaborative team, if somebody comes along and they want to work on the index file, it's going to tell them it's already checked out. So I am going to select index.htm, and I am going to say okay, I need to check this file out. And it's just like taking out a book from a library.

So it says do you want me to get dependent files, dependent files will not be checked out. So that is something that you need to be very aware of that if you are going to go ahead and grab any file such as external JavaScript files or images, it's not necessarily going to check those out. So if you are going to make a change to those you'll need to check out everything. I am just going to say No, I've already got this. I am not going to change any of them. So it's going to bring that in and now there is a check-mark beside that, and now this says it's checked out. I can also see remotely that it's checked out as well. Now, If I were in a collaborative environment and another team member had come along and checked out of file, I would see the same lock icon beside the file in a remote file that I see here locally. And now it would tell me that this individual is working on this file and I need a way for them to check it back in before I can open it, or I need to email them and let them know that I need access to that file so that they can send it back to me or they can check it back in.

So after I am done working on the file, I should check it back in and all I have to do is select the file and I can go ahead and say Check In, and again I'll say No on the dependent file- and then checks it back in. So it's just like checking a book out from the library. You check it out and then you check it back in, when you are done with it and it will help you prevent overriding team members' files when you are all working together. Now, Check In and Check Out can go a long way in assisting your collaborative process, but it's only going to work if everybody plays by the same rules. Check-in and check-out can be turned- off at any time by anybody in your system.

And uploading and downloading files without Dreamweaver will not be tracked. So everybody needs to be aware of those restrictions before you start working with Check In and Check Out and relying on it. In our next exercise, we are going to discuss a very powerful site tool from Dreamweaver called Design Notes, and how they can assist team members in communicating throughout the entire design process.

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 1h 23m
    1. Reviewing the Coding toolbar
      8m 42s
    2. Customizing the Coding toolbar
      9m 52s
    3. Taking advantage of Code Hinting
      7m 20s
    4. Using snippets and shortcuts
      11m 10s
    5. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      5m 18s
    6. Using Find and Replace
      9m 50s
    7. Regular expressions
      5m 39s
    8. Using Bridge with Dreamweaver CS3
      8m 28s
    9. Round-trip editing with Photoshop CS3
      3m 40s
    10. Leveraging image variables in Photoshop CS3
      7m 32s
    11. Integrating external variables into your workflow
      6m 16s
  3. 37m 26s
    1. Understanding the CSS Styles panel
      7m 59s
    2. Understanding the Cascade
      5m 50s
    3. Understanding Inheritance
      5m 8s
    4. Understanding Specificity
      7m 5s
    5. Managing CSS styles
      5m 4s
    6. Using Design-Time style sheets
      6m 20s
  4. 2h 19m
    1. Using the new CSS template pages
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding DIV tag structure and layout
      12m 0s
    3. Understanding the CSS box model
      10m 0s
    4. Using absolute and relative positioning
      8m 35s
    5. Understanding floating elements
      7m 9s
    6. Clearing floats
      7m 19s
    7. Using floats to control page layout
      3m 45s
    8. Building structure and assigning IDs
      10m 19s
    9. Applying basic styling to structured content
      11m 14s
    10. Positioning container elements
      11m 4s
    11. Enhancing layouts with background graphics
      11m 48s
    12. Creating faux columns with background graphics
      8m 55s
    13. Creating rounded corners with background graphics
      9m 17s
    14. Building navigation with CSS
      16m 57s
    15. Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature
      5m 31s
  5. 53m 22s
    1. Creating properly structured forms
      6m 30s
    2. Creating accessible forms
      6m 41s
    3. Using CSS to lay out form structure
      7m 40s
    4. Creating vertical columns for form elements
      7m 48s
    5. Adding user feedback
      5m 52s
    6. Applying advanced styling to forms
      8m 11s
    7. Client-side form validation
      4m 17s
    8. Validating forms with the Spry Validation tools
      6m 23s
  6. 1h 20m
    1. Understanding the Spry framework
      3m 43s
    2. Defining a data source for use in Spry
      3m 56s
    3. Creating a Spry table
      8m 8s
    4. Using the Spry widgets
      8m 11s
    5. Connecting various data sets
      4m 50s
    6. Understanding Spry widget structures
      7m 1s
    7. Applying custom styles to Spry widgets
      6m 24s
    8. Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets
      8m 46s
    9. Controlling Spry widget behaviors with JavaScript
      6m 0s
    10. Controlling Spry widget animations with JavaScript
      9m 31s
    11. Creating effects with Spry behaviors
      4m 42s
    12. Hand-coding Spry
      9m 11s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Creating a base template
      8m 6s
    2. Creating editable attributes
      6m 26s
    3. Creating a new page from a template
      7m 42s
    4. Applying a template to an existing page
      4m 36s
    5. Creating nested templates
      5m 24s
    6. Using repeating regions
      6m 34s
    7. Creating editable and non-editable optional regions
      6m 0s
    8. Using template parameters
      7m 26s
    9. Using template expressions
      9m 59s
    10. Using conditional template expressions
      8m 54s
  8. 54m 40s
    1. Examining XML structure
      2m 44s
    2. Creating an XML document
      9m 9s
    3. Using the CDATA structure
      5m 7s
    4. Creating an XSLT file
      4m 33s
    5. Binding data from an XML to an XSLT document
      5m 6s
    6. Inserting repeating regions into an XSL document
      5m 16s
    7. Creating a client-side XSL transformation
      2m 52s
    8. Styling a remote RSS feed
      7m 29s
    9. Creating a server-side XSL transformation
      5m 31s
    10. Writing XSL expressions
      6m 53s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Overview of building dynamic websites
      1m 35s
    2. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Mac
      3m 22s
    3. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Windows
      3m 54s
    4. Creating a MySQL database
      3m 16s
    5. Defining a testing server and database bindings
      6m 14s
    6. Creating a database recordset
      4m 35s
    7. Adding dynamic content to the page
      5m 14s
    8. Creating repeating regions of dynamic content
      7m 6s
    9. Filtering database records
      7m 39s
    10. Using the Live Preview
      10m 22s
    11. Passing URL parameters
      4m 23s
    12. Dynamically generating links
      5m 18s
  10. 57m 9s
    1. Understanding behaviors
      5m 16s
    2. Installing additional behaviors
      3m 39s
    3. Planning to create a custom behavior
      3m 42s
    4. Examining existing behaviors
      5m 32s
    5. Building a behavior function
      7m 23s
    6. Creating an Action file
      6m 48s
    7. Enabling behavior functions
      9m 1s
    8. Initializing the user interface for a behavior
      3m 9s
    9. Loading behaviors in Dreamweaver
      6m 47s
    10. Testing and debugging behaviors
      5m 52s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Running reports
      7m 41s
    2. Checking and validating links
      3m 40s
    3. Using cloaking
      5m 42s
    4. Using Check In/Check Out
      4m 3s
    5. Using Design Notes
      6m 6s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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