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Link VS files to particular development tasks?

This is a newb question relating to VS 2010 Professional.  I have a web application that consists of about 80 ASPX pages, plus user controls, VB classes and style sheets.

Say on Monday we get an enhancement request from a client, so I might be working with, say 10 of those pages for the next two weeks.  However, on Friday, another client sees a bug in the application that needs immediate attention, so I break off the first request, and address the second (and upload the changes to say, 5 pages), then continue back on the original request.

Is there any way to 'link' files to each development task?  The reason I ask is that I'm finding it hard to track which files are part of each task, so there's a danger files from one task can get uploaded with another.  I currently use a Windows Date Modified search to identify the files, then use that a list for the files to upload.

Any tips here would be appreciated...
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srikanthreddyn143Commented:
Don't you use any source control like VSS/ TFS?
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Gary DavisDir Internet SvcsCommented:
Source control (say, Visual SourceSafe or others) supports branching where you have multiple code paths from a starting point like you describe.The branched code can then be merged.

Team Foundation Server source control has Shelving where you can put your current code on the shelf and start from before your current changes or with your current changes and later merge the shelved code back in with whatever current is.

Sri is right, source control is the solution here.

Gary Davis
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RouchieAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your replies.

At the moment I don't use any source control software.  The reason has mainly been because I'm a single developer so didn't really have a requirement for it.  Because of that, I know virtually nothing about VSS / TFS.

Is TFS meant for larger teams to work together, or more to the point, is it overkill for my requirement?  I guess I need to look in that direction to solve my original issue, but given the price I should check first...!

Also, would TFS install onto my single development machine, or is it best to set up a dedicated 'server' machine which would hold the application files that (I presume) developers check in/out from?

Thanks again.
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Gary DavisDir Internet SvcsCommented:
I'd go with Visual Source Safe - it's simpler and I use it as a single developer for my own projects.
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RouchieAuthor Commented:
After spending a lunchtime trawling through MS content, it appears that SourceSafe is now discontinued and TFS has taken its place.  Fair enough, however, some sites mentioned that TFS Basic 2010 is cheaper if you're in a small team.  I cannot however find anything to support this, and $500 for the minimum functionality I'm looking for seems expensive!

I also stumbled across Visual SVN, which is a lot cheaper at $49 (for a single license).  Does anyone know anything about that?  It appears to be focused on version control, and I'm not sure whether it does want I need in this case.

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Gary DavisDir Internet SvcsCommented:
There are other options for SourceControl that integrate into VS (SVN and others I can't think of). Also, you can still get VSS. I know at least from MSDN maybe other places.
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