Branching, in revision control is the duplication of an object under revision control so that modifications can happen in parallel along both branches.

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When should development branches be created?

We are moving our project's team from using a single Main/Trunk branch, to multiple Development/Work branches that should be regularly merged into Main. We're basing our new process on this article ...
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Git branches avoided by the office where I work [duplicate]

The place I work at does the following: They manage a dev version of an app They manage another replicate version of that app, they call this the rep version The live version of the app that is ...
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(tortoise)svn reintegrate branch - missing file locally [migrated]

I have an SVN repository (hosted @ googlecode); now the code is split up in 2 branches I worked on both seperately as they tackled slightly different things. Now that I'm finished with both I am ...
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Branching strategy for frequent releases [duplicate]

We have very frequent releases and we use Git for version control. When i am mentioning about frequency, please assume it to include bug-fixes and feature release too. All releases are eventually ...
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Is it a good practice to use branches to maintain different editions of the same software?

We have a product that has a few different editions. The differences are minor: different strings here and there, very little additional logic in one, very little difference in logic in the other. ...
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Understanding branching strategy/workflow correctly [duplicate]

I'm using svn without branches (trunk-only) for a very long time at my workplace. I had discovered most or all of the issues related to projects which do not have any branching strategy. Unlikely this ...
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How does Branch Target Prediction differ from Branch Prediction?

I do not understand how BTP differs from BP? Yes I understand BP evaluates whether a conditional is true/false, but surely implicitly this also determines the "target" instruction? If I predict the ...
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Advice Needed: Developers blocked by waiting on code to merge from another branch using GitFlow

Our team just made the switch from FogBugz & Kiln/Mercurial to Jira & Stash/Git. We are using the Git Flow model for branching, adding subtask branches off of feature branches (relating to ...
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Do DVCSes discourage continuous integration?

Say there is a team of ten agile developers. Every day they each pick a task from the board, commits several changes against it, until (by the end of the day) they have completed the task. All ...
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What can I do to let our team have code reviews of branch merges having hundreds of screens worth of Github diffs?

"Code review" (aka "peer review") seems like a really great idea, so my team started practicing it. For a little while it worked well, but then a co-worker merged a branch in, and asked for a review ...
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Git: Branch or Fork?

I have game project that will have two versions: A simple version of the game, the core An advanced version of the game. I have the 1st version in my public repository and only I will be working ...
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Branch per feature: What are the actual benefits (and risks)? [closed]

I've read quite a lot of posts lately about different branching strategies (e.g a lot of links from To branch or not to branch?), and while almost every article explains on how to do this or that ...
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In Git, is the use of a 'PRODUCTION' branch necessary and/or would it be feasible to have more than one of them?

A short summary of how we do branch managing: From the MASTER branch one or many feature branches can be made (for mid to long term development), when deploy-able changes have been merged to MASTER ...
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In git, is it a bad idea to create a tag with the same name as a deleted branch?

I have a project with a git branching model that roughly follows that of nvie's git-flow. Our release branches are named in a SemVer format, e.g. v1.5.2 Once a release branch is given the green ...
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How to manage a single branch

I read the Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation book by Jez Humble and David Farley. The part that throw me off balance the most was their ...
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When using “Github Flow”, what if my next feature depends on code from a pending Pull Request?

We are experimenting with "Github Flow", as defined here. In short, every change starts off as a well-named branch off of master. When it's done, you open a PR for that branch, it gets reviewed, and ...
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To branch or not to branch?

Till recently my development workflow was the following: Get the feature from product owner Make a branch (if feature is more than 1 day) Implement it in a branch Merge changes from main branch to ...
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Merging branches where the same code was worked on

If there are two unrelated tasks, except that the changes are in the same project, and end up touching at least one of the same classes/methods, how do I manage that? Two different developers could ...
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Managing Maven dependencies between multiple components with multiple teams making changes

In a situation where there are multiple teams making changes to some Maven projects with dependencies between them (otherwise unrelated projects i.e. no super POM or anything like that), with each ...
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Deployment Tools that Integrate with TFS? [closed]

So I have this issue. The Operations team where I work has taken over TFS because they are using MS Build to build and deploy code to production servers. As a result developers have lost A LOT of ...
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Jira Agile how to specify what branch or version a improvment or story goes in

First off this is a copy of my post on pm exchange PM Post. I believe that board is very new and I would also like input from my fellow developers that may not be watching the PM boards. Pasting the ...
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Git branching and tagging best practices

I am currently learning to use Git by reading Pro Git. Right now I'm learning about branching and tags. My question is when should I use a branch and when should I use a tag? For example, say I ...
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Is a merging strategy like Git Flow really an anti-pattern?

My company is using Git, and is using a peculiar branching scheme - work is done in master, and branches are reserved for releases. This works fine, so long as all of the work done in an iteration ...
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Make a change that is ignored by future merges

I have a git repository, and I'd like to make a "debug" branch. In the "debug" branch, I'd like to add a line: debug = true; But I want to make sure that any merges back to master ignore that ...
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What's the appropriate procedure for subversion merges? [duplicate]

We have a project with a few release branches and a trunk. Lately we've been adding bugfixes and new features to the release branch, while doing simultaneous infrastructure development on the trunk. ...
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When should I stop committing to master on new projects?

Whenever a new project starts, it usually makes sense to start by committing straight to master until you've got something "stable", and then you start working in branches. At least, this is how I ...
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What does “branching is free” mean in Git?

What does "branching is free" mean in Git? I hear this a lot whenever Git is mentioned in comparison to other version control systems. I haven't had the opportunity (?) to deal with others (SVN, ...
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GIT and different versions of a project: what are the best practices?

I'm very new in using GIT as a versioning system and despite a lot of searches, I can't seem to really understand how to handle my scenario. I have this web project that needs to be developed in two ...
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Obstacles to using Git Flow in Subversion

My team at work is starting a new project, using Subversion as our VCS (you may consider this set in stone for the purpose of this question). We're still in the early stages of the project and are ...
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Strategy for code review before merge to master from feature branches

Me and my team use feature branches (with git). I'm wondering which is the best strategy for code review before merge to master. I checkout a new branch from master, lets call it fb_#1 I commit a ...
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Finish feature reverted commits from develop

I am using git as a version control system, and using git-flow as the branching model. I started a feature branch some weeks ago in order to maintain the system in a clean state while developping that ...
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Is there an established or defined best practice for source control branching between development and production builds?

I struggled in how to phrase my question, so let me give an example in hopes of making more clear what I am after: I currently work on a dev team responsible for maintaining and adding features to a ...
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How to refactor when all your development is on branches?

At my company, all of our development (bug fixes and new features) is done on separate branches. When it's complete, we send it off to QA who tests it on that branch, and when they give us the green ...
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Branching Strategy for Test Environment

We will be starting a new project this month. The project will be 1 year and production deployment will only occur towards the end of the project. We will be doing iterative development (1 month per ...
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What's the most effective way to share code between .NET applications?

In our work, we have several different .net applications that share a lot of base functionality. We've built these applications using a clean n-tier architecture, but we've hit that moment where we ...
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Which is better for small bug fixes and small features - naming branches by ticket number or naming them by feature description?

I am in the middle of a disagreement (cordial, of course) with my lead about proper branch naming. This applies to bug-fix and small feature branches, not long-running feature branches. For ...
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Why do git commits not contain the name of the branch they were created on?

When working with git in a team using feature branches, I often find it difficult to understand the branch structure in history. Example: Let's say there was a feature branch feature/make-coffee, ...
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Git temporary code-change

My program interacts with another application via a socket communication. The current public version of this application does not support a specific command while the newest trunk does. To be ...
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Git: rebasing and keeping current to a remote branch - accepted practices?

When developing on a long-running branch (here defined as living longer than one release), what's the most accepted practice(s) to keeping the branch current with its origin while keeping the history ...
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TFS Branching Advice

I am new to Branching and Merging but I have been tasked with making future development on an application possible while still allowing bug fixes to production. Usually I am the only developer on the ...
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Continuous integration and modifying existing UI automation tests

Our team is currently facing a situation where we are changing a feature that is in the product today. This feature has Selenium automation tests associated with it. We are performing a fairly major ...
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Git Branch Model for iOS projects with one developer [duplicate]

I'm using git for an iOS project, and so far have the following branch model: feature_brach(usually multiple) -> development -> testing -> master Feature-branches are short-lived, just ...
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When should we clean up old, no longer used GIT branches? [duplicate]

We have several bugfix branches that are starting to pile up. They have been merged into master, and deployed to production. Is there a good benchmark for when these branches should be cleaned up? ...
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Maintaining SVN history for a file when merge is done from the dev branch to trunk?

In my org, we use SVN for version control So for each build (done periodically), we merge the code to trunk from the development branch (all the developers checks in to this branch). So when we want ...
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When is it appropriate to start using the next revision of a tool when dogfooding?

Specifically, I am working on a tool that integrates a DVCS and build system, but I image the challenge I am facing would arise for anyone developing a "meta" tool (compiler, VCS, build system, test ...
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How do you avoid working on the wrong branch?

Being careful is usually enough to prevent problems, but sometimes I need to double check the branch I'm working on (e.g. "hmm... I'm in the dev branch, right?") by checking the source control path of ...
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Git: Fixing a bug affecting two branches

I'm basing my Git repo on A successful Git branching model and was wondering what happens if you have this situation: Say I'm developing on two feature branches A and B, and B requires code from A. ...
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What's a typical team size using a Git repo?

We've been using Git as our version control but as the team grows, there are more and more pains when it comes to getting all our changes onto a single branch ready for a deployment. I'm wondering ...
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Branching strategy to avoid multiple release branches for different customers

I am currently thinking of the following branching strategy Main branch Development branch Feature branch Release branch Basically the whole idea is to have a release branch so that hot fix can ...
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Feature branches, beta branches, and scrapped features

I've been thinking a lot about best practices regarding branching in distributed version control systems such as git an mercurial (the two dvcs's I have experience with and use on a daily basis). The ...