REAL Revision Control
A survey of three RCS tools for REALbasic projects
Issue: 7.5 (July/August 2009)
Author: JC Cruz
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In today's article, we explore that important yet often ignored aspect of project development: revision control. First, we learn how revision control works and how it benefits a software project. Then we study the feature set of a typical revision control tool. Finally, we look at three types of tools, tools that are open-source and free.
The Need For Revision Control
Large software projects consist of two or more files. Some of the files contain text data, which may be source code or project notes. Others contain binary data, which can be an image, sound, or animation. Some files can even be external code, code compiled into a compact, easily shared form.
Furthermore, large projects often have two or more developers working on them. One developer may be implementing a feature; another may be fixing bugs. The work may affect a unique set of files. Or it may affect files shared by several developers.
With a large number of files and developers involved, we need a way to track those files throughout the project cycle. We need some way to manage the changes made to each file. And, we need to coordinate the developer traffic and prevent these developers from overwriting each other's work. This is where revision control comes into play.
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