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Posted on 2015-02-23
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Good day everyone. We currently host a few websites and have been making changes to them often enough. We were thinking about a version control system that would allow us to keep tabs on what is being done. We are a small shops so don't need anything super complicated.

Any suggestions?
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Valliappan AN earned 500 total points
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Hi,

I would suggest using :
Subversion (https://subversion.apache.org/)  -- the basic subversion engine files that can be run on Windows or Linux
Visual Subversion Server (https://www.visualsvn.com/) -- the windows server management GUI for subversion
TortoiseSVN (http://tortoisesvn.net/) -- the client gui for using subversion

HTH.
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Is there a good guide that could walk me through the installation and use of this product. We are fairly new to the version control world.
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by:Valliappan AN
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Hi,

Have a look at documentation here:
https://www.visualsvn.com/server/doc/VisualSVN-Server.pdf

and a look at this video - for steps:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGIo9_x-YSo
(how to use tortoise svn)

Note: Please download the latest versions of the above tools, and also you may need to have your SSL configured already for access.

Cheers.
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Thank you for this information. This is great and should get me started. However, I am fairly new to version control. Is there a guide or demo for dummies that I can review. For example, I have no clue what the Trunk, Branch, and Tag folders are for in SVN and what do they mean? Basically looking for a best practices guide to load, checkout, and deploy code using SVN.
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by:Valliappan AN
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Hi,

They are all just folders automatically created for usability and maintainability of different versions.

Generally, imho, trunks are the mainline development folder where normal development files will be updated by developers. Branching is a way to copy the selected revision files so that they can be revisited if need to. This may be a minor or major release, or a major change done, that you may like to revisit in future, and use it if needed, or even compare your changes with trunk code. The trunk is for current development, while Branch may be a release done.
http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.4/svn.branchmerge.whatis.html

Tags is another convention to make a snapshot of a project in time.
http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.4/svn.branchmerge.tags.html

We normally used trunk and branch in my earlier company projects. You can also create further folders, like documents, to store any relative documents, like project design document, requirements etc.

Its to maintain a clean hierarchy of folder structure something like this:

For example:

trunk -
    code
    scripts
branches
    release 1.9
          code
          scripts
    release 1.8
         :
    release 1.7
         :
documents

Similarly you may have tags like this:

tags
    somesnapshot

HTH.
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Thank you for this. I wasn't asking for just the specific descriptions of these folders. I am new to the developer world and am in charge (recently) of the project's development branch. I wanted a video or a document that could teach me best practices on version control leveraging SVN. Looking for a Version Control for Dummies guide.

Our developers are fairly young and inexperienced. We have operated without version control and want to make sure I introduce this product and guidance to operate so that it doesn't turn into a garbled mess.
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