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Issue 7.5


REAL Revision Control

A survey of three RCS tools for REALbasic projects

Issue: 7.5 (July/August 2009)
Author: JC Cruz
Author Bio: JC is a freelance technical writer living in British Columbia. He writes for various publications, pokes around with Cocoa, Python and REALbasic, and spends time with his nephew. He can be reached at anarakisware-at-gmail-dot-com.
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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.

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