Fundamentals of Software Version Control

with Michael Lehman
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Fundamentals of Software Version Control
Video duration: 0s 2h 55m Intermediate


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.

Topics include:
  • Comparing centralized vs. distributed systems
  • Saving changes and tracking history
  • Using revert or rollback
  • Working with the GUI tools
  • Using IDE and shell integration
  • Installing different systems
  • Creating a repository
  • Tagging code
  • Branching and merging code
  • Selecting a software version control system that's right for you
Git Mercurial ALM/TFS Perforce


- [Voiceover] Hello, I'm Michael Lehman and welcome to Fundamentals of Software Version Control. In this course we'll look at how software version control tracks and maintains the history of your creative output as you work. I'll start by giving you an overview of the principles of version control. I'm talking about key concepts and terminology used in tracking changes using software tools. Then, we'll walk through how these concepts are implemented in five of the most popular version control systems: Subversion, Perforce, Team Foundation Server, Git, And Mercurial.

We'll be covering how these five products can help you work faster, be more confident, and sleep better knowing that every stage of your work is automatically preserved. Now let's get started with Fundamentals of Software Version Control.

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