Friday, 13 February 2004

I'm not one to tout tools developers would use (since I'm not a developer myself), but it just so happens that SourceGear released a new version of it's Vault version/source control server while I am in the process of evaluating it. For those who are wondering what source- and version-control means, well you can skip this. But if you are a user of VSS or CVS or similar (especially VSS), you know what I am talking about.

SourceGear Vault is a version control system for Windows developers, with full integration into the Visual Studio.NET environment. It is implemented entirely on the .NET platform, and uses SQL Server 2000 for its repository storage.

Vault is the only version control system designed specifically to offer a seamless transition from Visual SourceSafe. SourceSafe repositories are imported with no lost data, including history.

The user interface resembles SourceSafe Explorer, and all SourceSafe features are present, including Share and Pin.

And from there the improvements become quite apparent. Face it, VSS sucks as a version/source control product for more than a couple people - It's outdated, limited in capabilities and really is doing more these days than it was ever originally intended to do.

But they can explain it better than I can, so go here and check it out. There's also a list of what's new in this version. Looks nice. I'll have to give it a try.

EDIT: Price reductions announced, and single-user edition is - get this - FREE.

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Friday, 13 February 2004 22:58:38 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Saturday, 14 February 2004 10:52:20 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
and the cool thing is that it's free for single user! just downloaded it for a test drive.
Saturday, 14 February 2004 11:09:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Yep! Forgot to mention that. :-)

More thoughts in this: For someone who is using VSS and working in, it's a no-brainer. If someone is working in CVS, there might be some eval that needs to happen for sure.

For a one-person-show deveopment "team" it's sweeet.
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