Source Control Review

Discussion in 'C++' started by denasinc, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. denasinc

    denasinc Guest

    Our first real production experience with Source Control came a year
    ago when we started to cooperate in software development with two
    other outsourcing companies – one of them is located in Europe. Since
    Visual SourceSafe and similar tools at the time could be used only in
    the intranet environment, we started with task assignment and sharing
    files through e-mails, trying to organize distributed development and
    keep synchronization of files. That was a nightmare! We had a serious
    problem with this organization. Soon, we had to find a better and more
    efficient solution. Luckily, we got a trial version of Source Control,
    a product of Ilumnis ltd, from their web site
    Shortly after, we were very satisfied with its features and it was
    exactly what we needed, so we decided to buy Source Control and we
    started to use it for software development. Here are the main benefits
    of this tool:

    · Speed. It's fast. The code behind this tool was recently rewritten
    for the latest version and it is as fast as lightning. You don't need
    super fast internet to use it. It has high compression for file
    transferring and it uses post backs only when it's needed, not on
    every click, as some web applications do.
    · Ease of use. Very intuitive graphical user interface keeps your
    impression that you work with windows application, not with web
    application and simple web controls. I wish other tools that we use
    are as half intuitive as this product is.
    · No installation or support for configuration needed. It is just not
    there and it is one of the very important features to us. We do not
    want our developers to waist hours in configuration and installation
    of new features, updates, versions problems and the like.
    · Application uses SQL Server 2000 database, but you don't need to
    have SQL Server on your machines, we use Source Control and its
    database which is hosted by Ilumnis in ASP mode. Everything you need
    is a browser and you are ready to use it.
    · Proactive. Believe or not, if you have a subscription, a tool will
    notify you about changes via email. So, there is no guessing what a
    developer needs to download for his current build. It is possible to
    subscribe for files and folders in the project. It is even possible to
    collect email notifications in daily or weekly batches so the system
    is not annoying at all. Proactive, but not annoying.
    · Publishing. You can use this as a publishing system, instead of
    some expensive specialized software. The system is able to copy files
    to the appropriate URL via ftp.
    · Remote Build. The software is able to automate and run nightly
    builds. This is easiest to set up with .Net but, as long as you can
    write a build script, it can do it for almost anything. Just configure
    the application for automatic build and get e-mail notification with
    build results.
    · Issue tracking. One has to be impressed with the tool that
    encompasses so much of needed functionality and almost nothing you
    won't use. The system is able to track project issues and it is tied
    into Source control itself. So when you are checking out the file you
    also respond on the appropriate issue. Great!

    With this system you can have as many developers as you want and never
    worry about versions they work on. Project leaders and managers now
    can work on the same project despite of their distance or time zone.
    Yes, I have to mention this simple, but very useful feature, time
    zones are covered so you can see exactly when the file was modified,
    added or deleted in your or developers local time. It's very important
    to emphasize that Source Control keeps history of all changes and it
    is easy to compare two version of the same file.
    Give it a try, you will not regret it.
    denasinc, Oct 15, 2004
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  2. I must admit that I wouldn't trust that much in a product if its
    "satisfied customers" don't even know that their "success stories" have
    nothing to do with C++!


    denasinc wrote:
    > Our first real production experience with Source Control came a year
    > ago when we started to cooperate in software development with two
    > other outsourcing companies – one of them is located in Europe. Since
    > [... snipped more irrelevant stuff]
    Martin Stettner, Oct 15, 2004
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