Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in by Alexandru Serban

By Alexandru Serban

Top perform administration and improvement of visible Studio .NET 2005 purposes with this easy-to-use SCM software from Microsoft

  • SCM basics and techniques truly defined
  • Real-world SOA instance: a inn reservation process
  • SourceSafe most sensible practices around the whole lifecycle
  • Multiple models, carrier packs and product updates.

In aspect

Why is software program Configuration administration vital? software program Configuration administration (SCM) is the self-discipline of dealing with the construction and amendment of software program via options together with source-code keep watch over, revision keep watch over, object-build monitoring, and liberate development. SCM consists of picking the configuration of the software program at given time cut-off dates, systematically controlling adjustments to the configuration, and protecting the integrity and traceability of the configuration through the software program improvement lifecycle.

Software Configuration administration is among the first talents a major developer should still grasp, after changing into trained along with his or her improvement instruments of selection. regrettably, this doesn't continually ensue as the topic of SCM isn't really in general taught in both educational or corporation education.

When constructing software program, you must have a workable crew improvement attempt, tune and preserve the historical past of your initiatives, maintain parallel improvement on a number of product types, repair insects, and unencumber provider packs whereas extra constructing the appliance. this is often the place the recommendations of software program Configuration administration come into play; SCM is ready getting the activity performed more secure, swifter, and higher.

Visual SourceSafe has a protracted historical past in the back of it. the former types have been both enjoyed for his or her ease of use and integration with different Microsoft items, or hated as the complications as a result of utilizing them improperly. This e-book can help you to prevent such difficulties.

What you are going to research from this e-book?

  • The basic rules and merits of software program Configuration administration
  • How visible SourceSafe integrates with visible Studio for source-code keep an eye on
  • The staff cooperation good points in visible SourceSafe
  • Using SourceSafe to regulate the improvement lifecycle to permit the simple liberate of carrier packs and updates whereas constructing a number of program models
  • The top practices for utilizing SourceSafe
  • SourceSafe database production, protection, and upkeep and person administration


After introducing the elemental ideas of SCM and some great benefits of utilizing SCM to regulate the software program improvement lifecycle this ebook makes use of a real-world case-study venture to construct a Service-Oriented software named Orbital inn. you'll research the workforce cooperation positive aspects in visible SourceSafe with assistance from John and Mary, fictional workforce contributors assigned to enforce numerous venture parts. you could stopover at Orbital resort on-line and you may obtain its resource code.

The appendices care for SourceSafe management projects: database construction and administration, the best way to safe the database and the way to assign clients and person rights, how one can deal with initiatives and venture settings, and the way to customise SourceSafe to top fit your improvement variety.

Who this ebook is written for?

This booklet is for .NET builders, testers and configuration managers who:

  • Use visible Studio .NET 2005 for construction software program
  • Want to exploit software program configuration to control their items in day by day actions
  • Want to enhance their potency by way of studying to exploit the simplest practices with SourceSafe
  • Want to put in, deal with, and configure visible SourceSafe 2005 for optimum operation

The booklet doesn't suppose past wisdom of software program Configuration administration or visible SourceSafe. It takes the reader from the floor up and is a brilliant source for individuals commencing to know about this topic. Readers with past SourceSafe event will profit via learning the enhanced and new good points in visible SourceSafe 2005.

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Name: A label's name is usually a short description for the label. This can be anything from a version number to a short sentence. Comment: This is the place where we can enter some detailed information about the label. Not all SCM systems, however, provide this field. Using Labels Labels allow us to make a repository snapshot. But when and why is it worth using labels? Usually we use labels before or after an important event. We use labels to identify important events like: • • • Project changes: If we need to make some important project changes, we want to mark the project's state, to have a snapshot of the latest project structure before beginning to make them.

We saw what operations SCM tools employ to manage user cooperation. Let's take a look now at the cooperation models and the commands that are associated with them. Cooperation Models To manage user cooperation, SCM systems employ two main cooperation models: • Check Out-Modify-Check In • Modify-Merge-Commit The fundamental difference between these two models is the degree of control versus the freedom they offer. The Check Out-Modify-Check In model emphasizes more control and most of the time requires a connection to the repository, especially when checking out and checking in the resources.

We can also stay up to date with the repository version of a file by periodically getting the file from the repository and merging it into our workspace file. This way we can resolve possible conflicts incrementally and we can incorporate the repository changes into our changes along the way. [ 24 ] Chapter 1 The merging operations using this approach can be applied on text files. They can also be applied on binary files by using merge tools that are capable of merging them. Many SCM tools have the possibility of specifying custom merge tools for different files.

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