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hi
I am new to the concept of VSS. Can anyone help me explain what is VSS exactly is? its for version control that I know, but is it only for VB applications or for VBA or even dot net?

If my machine is new...meaning I havent yet installed VB or dot net then can I install VSS (ver 5)? will it create any problem if I install the other softwares after VSS?

After I install VSS how will i use it? I mean I dont need the steps but conceptually is it an interface to write logic(which i dont think so) or is it just to store files?

My questions may be very naive but I need clarification.
appreciate any feedback.
thanks
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by:vitjan
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Hi samir25,

You can use VSS for any kind of source control, that is any kind of language. You however need the IDE of the language you use to support version control.

Together with VSS there is a management tool installed, where you can see what is currently stored in VSS and other details about it. There is also an administration tool installed, which allows you to set permissions for different projects (different source control directories) for specific users.

To be concrete, yes, you can use VSS with .NET, I also have some experience with Visual FoxPro and I bet there is a client tool for Visual Basic 6 as well (I am not sure 100% however).

I hope it helped to clarify it for you.

Regards,
Jan
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by:samir25
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hi Vijitan

my knowledge has definately doubled. thanks for ur feedback. a few more clarifications
1. i installed vss and now i see 2 menu created in the start menu one is Microsoft Visual Sourcesafe and 2nd is Microsoft Visual SourceSafe Administration. When i click on the Microsoft Visual Sourcesafe choice then it comes up with a wizard to configure VSS databse on the computer ... what is this and what is its use?

2. Actually what i installed is MS VSS 2005 application developer tools with a separate cd.... is it different from MS VSS 2005 enterprise level which the comp helpdesk would install? Sorry if i m asking too small a ques. i can float another thread also if you are not comfortable in answering this...

3. along with VSS cd i was also given one Sourceoffsite cd for remote internet access to your microsoft sourcesafe db...what is this and why do we need it?

i really appreciate for answering these questions...

thanks a lot
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Hi,

1. The application code (files), you use the source control for, need to be saved somewhere. That is the source safe database. In reality, it is not a database like SQL, it is just a few files, VSS calls a database. But anyhow, it is the place, where everything is kept.

2 and 3. Unfortunatelly, I do not know about the additional CDs, I installed everything from one, most likely the one you already used. Also, as far as I know, the VSS can be used remotely over the internet just as it is installed. It just needs to be properly configured in the Administration tool you have already installed. I am not sure, what this SourceOffSite might be.

Hope I helped.

Regards,
Jan
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by:samir25
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ok thanks for your feedback...i will later float new question ref 2 & 3.
thanks
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