A programming discipline for tracking, storing and retrieving revisions of source code.

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What revision control has the best merging engine?

When it comes to merging, each control version has it's engine to do it. Conflicts are unavoidable but the question is - which revision control has best AI to avoid conflict. Is it possible to ...
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Your thoughts on Best Practices for Scientific Computing? [closed]

A recent paper by Wilson et al (2014) pointed out 24 Best Practices for scientific programming. It's worth to have a look. I would like to hear opinions about these points from experienced programmers ...
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Source control: projects which share a 3rd library which is still under development in RTC

this is not a new question for source control, but IBM's Rational Team Concert is a slightly different animal than Git, SVN, etc. We have a number of .NET web sites under development with Visual ...
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What Kind of Source Control Do High Security Projects Use? [duplicate]

I was just reading this slightly older post on choosing a good source control system when I started thinking about how different projects use source control. Where I work we've essentially moved ...
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How can I group commits in a version control system such as git

Instead of a one long flat commit history, why isn't there a hierarchy, so at the top level you might have pull requests, then you could go down a level and look at the commits in that PR. I realise ...
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Why do some open source projects do not accept pull requests, but emailing patch files only

Why do some open source projects not accept pull requests, but require contributors to email patch files only? e.g. Git Although they publish code in github or other distributed scm hosting. It is not ...
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Is the version problem a nightmare in programming? [closed]

Let say you are building an app and you are using the latest library verion from a third party (say ver2.jar). Then you saw an example written 2 years ago, but that example uses the ver1.jar Now in ...
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How to manage version control company wide? [duplicate]

Are there any industry standards or best practises on how to manage a rapidly changing code base? The types of applications I am developing always have a custom aspect to them. So there will always ...
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Enforcing coding standards: What are the trade-offs of different methods?

Our team has recently agreed on some very light coding standards, and that we need a means of enforcing them. We already have a mature Continuous Integration practice including frequent, small ...
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How to deal with a misnamed function in production code?

I've recently come across a Python library on GitHub. The library is great, but contains one glaring typo in a function name. Let's call it dummy_fuction() while it should be dummy_function(). This ...
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Strategy for maintaining offline repository safely using git [closed]

I use git for versioning. Just yesterday I was working on refactoring my Python code base. After adding a test I found that I had introduced a bug in one of project euler solutions. So I checked out a ...
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Stopping developers committing to the wrong branch on DVCS

The problem I am on a software project which has about 10 developers, we share source code via Mercurial. We have a development and production branch per release. Repeatedly during the course of the ...
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Are there any good examples of open source C# projects with a large number of refactorings? [closed]

I'm doing research into software evolution and C#/.NET, specifically on identifying refactorings from changesets, so I'm looking for a suitable (XP-like) project that may serve as a test subject for ...
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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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Functional testing before code checkin

I am working on a project with legacy code where it does not have much code coverage. One of the idea to improve that is to enforce a rule that each code check-in must have test, not only test but ...
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How can I use different versions of an evolving library in different projects?

The problem I write a lot of exploratory code in my research. As I go along, I put functionality that I'd like to reuse in a central location. A project might look like this: ./mylib ./exploration ...
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How can I convince cowboy programmers to use source control?

UPDATE I work on a small team of devs, 4 guys. They have all used source control. Most of them can't stand source control and instead choose not to use it. I strongly believe source control is a ...
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Is storing software in the cloud with reputable vendors secure?

I have a team member who refuses to use any form of private source code repository on Github or Bitbucket due to "security concerns". As a result, we have a hard time sharing code with him. He ...
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Version control for independent developers?

Do you think it's worth it to use version control if you are an independent developer, and if so, why? Do you keep the repository on your own computer, or elsewhere, where it can serve as a backup?
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Good idea to put bug numbers in a comment in the beginning of the source file? [closed]

Is it a good practice to put bug numbers in the file itself inside a header comment? The comments would look something like this: MODIFIED (MM/DD/YY) abc 01/21/14 - Bug 17452317 - npe in drill ...
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Version number as a part of a file name

I see that some software have the version number included as a part of their file name, while others do not. I am more used to the latter type, and I think that is more popular, but I see the former ...
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Where to keep track of batch editing scripts?

It is sometime useful to write a script to perform a batch editing on several files in a source tree. Such a script is usually very specific and used only once. Such scripts can be used to rework ...
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Best way to migrate a series of code (v1, v2, etc) into a new VCS?

I am completely new to using VCS and haven't settled on Git or Hg, but I do know that I will be using it soon. My old project folder has versions of files labeled v1, v2, etc. How easily can I fold ...
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Should I use git for project files, other than the actual source? [duplicate]

I have a lot of small projects, and while their source code is backed up and tracked with git, I don't know what to do with the rest of the files associated with a project. These consist of small ...
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So I'm a developing a workflow with vagrant+git…does this make sense?

Relevant Background Details We've got two types of VMs (Utility Boxes & Web Servers) that developers need. We are going to be using git for version control. We have developers who have ...
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How to prepare for rewriting an application's glue [closed]

Assume you have a project that (in your opinion) is mostly decently well written, modularized, etc. and you want to keep much of it's functionality. However, an essential portion of this project is ...
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How using tab affects commands like diff

In the page at http://pear.php.net/manual/en/standards.indenting.php, it is advised to use space instead of tab as it causes issue with diff, patches. Here is the excerpt from the page. Use an ...
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Should we be using git branches or separate repositories?

So I have talked my employer into finally jumping on version control...up until now my experience with git has been for personal projects and freelance work where everything is on one server, or small ...
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Using Git in Enterprise environment [closed]

Git is an excellent version control system. If we exclude the fact that, it doesn't have an excellent GUI support, it's really good and fast. But the source controls like Clearcase has large support ...
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How to deal with bad versioned software as SCM [closed]

I have been asked to be the SCM (Software Configuration Manager) in my company. I've read online documentation to learn what SCM is, what SCM does, etc. Currently, the company works with a version ...
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We use subversion - Should we place comments in my code anyways? [duplicate]

I brought up in a meeting an annoyance that code changes were not commented within the code itself. We use SVN (Subversion) for source control, and it was relayed to me that you can just go into SVN ...
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Version control and personal configuration file

Our project uses a user-specific configuration file. This file is currently not in version control, since it is different for each user. The problem is, whenever a developer adds a new module that ...
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Techniques to avoid entangling git merges when working on an extensive change

I am absolutely miserable when I get in a situation where I have to merge other developers' changes into mine. When using git and working on a really extensive change, that happens a lot. When I ...
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Why big companies use Perforce? [closed]

I heard about some big companies e.g. Google, Facebook use Perforce Are there any reason why SVN/Git cannot replace Perforce?
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Handling large and small changes specific to a customer

I've been going back and forth on how to handle this best. The problem C# project consisting of WCF services used by a Flex application. A customer may request a functionality change that requires ...
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Reasons to Use Version Control [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I'm a Subversion geek, why I should consider or not consider Mercurial or Git or any other DVCS? What is the value of using version control? I am a relative noob ...
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Using gerrit (or similar tool) on a team where multiple devs work on a single feature

We have a team of roughly ~8 devs who regularly work on the same feature over the course of a 3 week sprint. It isn't quite pair programming, but in our current workflow devs regularly push up ...
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Does cherry-pick just pull changes into the current working tree as uncommitted changes?

My team uses Mercurial for version control. Our development / version control routine is: all been committing to the same branch pulling for changes and rebasing our commits locally before pushing ...
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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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Moving a multi-GB SVN repo to Git

Currently my company has a Visual Studio solition in an SVN repo that's organized as follows: SolutionFolder (~3.5 GB) |-> SolutionName.sln |-> .. Some source code folders... (~250 MB) |-> ...
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Is it worth using VCS (Version Control Softwares) for hobbystic/small/personal projects?

The question is fairly self-explainatory. Is it worth using VCS (Version Control Softwares) for hobbystic/small/personal projects?
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Should I merge from the same branch or from a merge?

Kind of a best practices question: is it better to merge directly from the source to other branches or is it OK to merge from a merge? Using Subversion for source control. Scenario: Branch A has ...
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Can you recommend a good commit message template / guidelines to enforce in the company? [closed]

In Git it's possible to set and enforce a good commit template. Can you recommend (preferably with argumentation) a good commit template / guidelines to enforce in the company?
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What does SVN do better than Git? [closed]

No question that the majority of debates over programmer tools distill to either personal choice (by the user) or design emphasis, that is, optimizing design according to particular uses cases (by the ...
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Reformatting and version control

Code formatting matters. Even indentation matters. And consistency is more important than minor improvements. But projects usually don't have a clear, complete, verifiable and enforced style guide ...
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Etiquette for editing someone's pull request

I own a repository on GitHub to which someone sent a pull request with one single commit. I only want to implement his solution partially, and use about half of the code changes the user made. What ...
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Version control and data provenance in charts, slides, and marketing materials that derive from code ouput

I develop as part of a small team that mostly does research and statistics stuff. But from the output of our code, other teams often create promotional materials, slides, presentations, etc. We run ...
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Should test fixtures be added to code repositories?

I'm unit testing some code that processes data from an external API. That external API serves up a large pile of JSON data. The right thing to do here, of course, is to use fixtures in the unit ...
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How is a committer expected to behave? [closed]

In open source projects there is typically a set of devs that have permissions to commit code - the committers -, and others that "pull request" or send patches, the "general public". I find a ...
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When was source control invented?

I'm aware of many version control systems: CVS, SVN, TFS etc... I've googled for the very first "revision control/version control system" and seen various conflicting answers. When was source ...