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Managment Solution for multiple programmers on one project

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I am currently running a web based application writtien in classic asp and has part in asp.net. As the project grows it is requiring more and more programmers to get involved. I have added programmers from overseas to the project. One of the main problems i am running in ot is that we keep overwirting each others code. I am managing it as best as i can but i have heard that there are better methods particuraly software that could help manage this problem. DOes sharepoint do this? Or should i be looking at some other kind of software. Can anyone reccomend something my budget is tight so the cheaper the better.
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Use a source control/ repository. That will allow easy and maintainable access across developers/ countries. There are a lot of good products available for this.

http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads is one of them, quite good and effective, and is absolutely free.

Also read:
http://www.fortnet.org/FortNet/HTML/Presentation/CVS/whyvc.html
http://www.smartcardinc.com/PICS_Source_Code_Control_White_Paper.pdf
http://betterexplained.com/articles/a-visual-guide-to-version-control/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revision_control

 for more details.

The above links are just to give you an idea of what source control management (SCM) is.
These days with development spanned across nations/ offices, having source control is a must. Even if you have only one office, source control should be used.

Btw, Sharepoint won't do this AFAIK.

Hope that helps.

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Well, there are a few specialist systems out there, and despite all the crap you sometimes hear about MS Visual Source Safe, I have been able to successfully set up and run multiple developer / multi-project controls with highly distributed development teams and has served the purpose very well.

Have a look at : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/3h0544kx(VS.80).aspx

And : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/k70f6y0b(VS.80).aspx

then as an example : http://www.codeproject.com/KB/asp/VSS_and_VID.aspx

and then client tool : http://www.codeproject.com/KB/cs/VSSClient.aspx

and also worthwhile looking at VS team suite : http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/teamsystem/default.mspx


In terms of database development of tables and scripts, then need to go through a regimented procedure of change only by script and those scripts can also be in VSS.




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@susan1978 - what did you end up doing ?

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i installed one of the software that they mentioned but i dont think i will be using them i need a better solution.

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i asked a question today that yuo might know the answer to since it is a sql 2005 question.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/SQL-Server-2005/Q_24172920.html
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If OK with you, would like to hear what you end up with. And thanks for getting back...

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how much does MS Visual Source Safe cost?
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Interestingly, I cannot find those details on MS. It is a seperately licensed product, or, part of MSDN (as is my case). Might be best to do a "how to buy" type google for current prices.

General info : http://msdn.microsoft.com/hi-in/vstudio/aa718670(en-us).aspx

cost comparison : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms364080.aspx
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