Oh, boy... The company I work for has been using a simple in-house source control system for several years now and it works reasonable well. Drawbacks are the speed and the flexibility of this tool that we created ourselves when we were just young and foolish. Recently we had a discussion about version control applications and now I have the honour to look for a new, better and simple version control system for Delphi.
Requirements: it must use client/server technologies and it would be nice if it was integrated with the Delphi 7 IDE. The server MUST run on a W2K machine. The price should be reasonable (and free is VERY reasonable) up to about $2500. It must be stable and secure and simple to use. Basically, all it needs to do is maintain an archive of our sources, allowing users to upload and download sources to a central repository and make sure that others can't modify the source while they themselves are using it.
It doesn't need all kinds of gadgets like branching versions and it doesn't even have to store multiple versions of our projects. The real version management is something we can do ourselves quite easily. After we make a final build, we just copy the sourcefiles into a ZIP file which is safely stored in our archive for future reference. There's only one person making these final builds and he can easily manage it all. (Then again, we have about 10 developers so there aren't many versions to maintain in the first place.)
So basically we're looking for a source archive utility for Delphi.
Now, does anyone have any useful suggestions? I have tried FreeVCS/JediVCS but it's too complex just to set up. (Too complex means that it will take too much time for the administrator to keep it running.) I've seen ftpvcs which likes to crash quite a lot. CVS appears to be nice but since we use Windows it's not a real optimal system. Also tried Team Coherence which worked nice at first (the demo) but at one point the critical errors started flying all around and after deinstallation even my Delphi setup was slightly damaged. (All toolbars were reset to the default settings.)
At this moment I'm looking at http://www.thefreecountry.com/programming/versioncontrol.shtml
which contains a nice overview. But I am interested in the experiences of other experts here with version control systems that:
a) use C/S techniques
b) have both client and server available on Windows
c) Offer security
d) Easy to install and use
e) preferably integrated in the Delphi IDE.
f) this is about version control for a commercial company so it does not have to be free. (But demo's are nice.)
I am in a hurry about this since we will probably want to use the new system before the end of this year. I think it's also a bit complicated since not everyone is familiar with version control tools and some people who are often use Unix servers for version control. I might split the points over multiple answers if they are all useful and provide information not given by previous answers.