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

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Should a developer be allowed to use VSS if he prefers it?

I introduced Mercurial to my department. I love it, but it is my first version control experience. I am using it with NetBeans PHP for web development. Another developer who works on internal company ...
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How to organize the dependencies of a project [on hold]

I have a project built with Gradle, which contains libraries which can be used freely outside the main project, like this: The folders with a square at the bottom right are project modules. I want ...
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Which version management design methodology to be used in a Dependent System nodes?

This is my first question so please indicate if my question is too vague and not understandable. My question is more related to High Level Design. We have a system (specifically an ATCA Chassis) ...
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Best free version control for use on local server with 10 different users [closed]

Which version control to use if I am not working through internet? We have a local server with few programs running on it. Around 10 users are there who connect to this server and update the program ...
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Does it make sense to use tag without version numbers?

In our working group we had a discussion on using git tags in our projects. Some people argumented pro tags and some argumented against using tags. The crux is that we are talking about Magento ...
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How to handle versioning with multiple independent pull requests in a Git repository?

Let's say Alice has a Git repository, and the version is kept track of inside the repository (let's say package.json for npm). Bob sends a pull request to Alice which increments the version number ...
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Should unit test be in separated repository?

Should I put unit testing stuffs in a separate repository, not in the same repository as the programming library? So I reference the programming library as submodule. But most open source projects ...
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Why is the “app” folder now a (more) common pattern in web projects?

It might be related to the Yeoman project, or they might have adopted this from somewhere else, but it seems to be the default for all of their generators. Aside from Yeoman generators I've also ...
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Version Control & Deployment on Large Ecommerce Site

I am currently Front End Dev for a large ecommerce store and I'm wanting to switch the entire site to a Version Control System (Git) and Deployment service (Beanstalk). I'm having trouble ...
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Where do I put the changelog to display the recent changes to the user?

I want to create a changelog for my application to display the set of recent changes to the user. But I'm not sure where I put it. Do I create a text file and write in it? Where do I put this text ...
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At what point is version control needed? [duplicate]

I work in embedded systems. Right now, my organization has two full-time programmers and two occasional programmers. It's rare that the same project is worked on by two programmers. All code is stored ...
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Is the string “1.2.3f4” a standard format for version numbers?

The game development package Unity uses the following version numbering scheme: {major}.{minor}.{patch}{type}{number} With the following known types: a = alpha b = beta f = final Some examples: ...
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Using commit messages for time tracking

Some products can parse a special syntax in commit messages to extract additional data, such at time tracking information: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/FISHEYE/Using+smart+commits To me, ...
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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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Maintaining Two Separate Software Versions From the Same Codebase in Version Control

Let's say that I am writing two different versions of the same software/program/app/script and storing them under version control. The first version is a free "Basic" version, while the second is a ...
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Code base migration - old versioning system to modern

Our current code base is contained in a versioning system that is old and outdated (Visual Sourcesafe 5.0, mid 1990's), and contains a mix of packages that are no longer used, ones that are being used ...
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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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Is licensing an issue for Git Submodules?

For example: an MIT-licensed project wishes to simplify the build process for its users by including part of the GNU toolchain (which is of course GPL) as a Submodule. Could that be interpreted as ...
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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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State-of-the art Mercurial workflows [closed]

Having solid git knowledge under my belt, I occasionally use mercurial, especially when patching a HG based project. I feel slightly uncomfortable, because my knowledge of mercurial is limited and ...
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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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Is database version control practical? [closed]

The topic of database version control seems to come up at my work and in social discussion more and more often. But the truth is, I haven't met anyone actually DOING it. The only thing Googling the ...
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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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What are good references for using perforce effectively when I am used to Git and SVN? [closed]

I have been using Git for a long time and before that Subversion. Now I am faced with a client that hosts their sources in Perforce. Its been troublesome and I do not feel I have a handle on things. ...
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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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What's a good way to share assets between designers and developers? [closed]

Preferably something with project management and version control, and as easy to use as possible. I'm talking mainly about graphic assets, but it can be any output from a designer that needs to be ...
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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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What should I do when I've already waited too long between commits?

I was naughty... too much "cowboy programming". Now, here I am with an enormous commit. Yes, I should have been committing all along, but it's too late now. What is better? Do one very large commit ...
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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 ...