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Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice

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Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice

Overview of this book

Why is Software Configuration Management important?Software Configuration Management (SCM) is the discipline of managing the building and modification of software through techniques including source-code control, revision control, object-build tracking, and release construction. SCM involves identifying the configuration of the software at given points in time, systematically controlling changes to the configuration, and maintaining the integrity and traceability of the configuration throughout the software development lifecycle.Software Configuration Management is one of the first skills a serious developer should master, after becoming proficient with his or her development tools of choice. Unfortunately, this does not always happen because the subject of SCM is not commonly taught in either academic or company training.When developing software, you need to have a manageable team development effort, track and maintain the history of your projects, sustain parallel development on multiple product versions, fix bugs, and release service packs while further developing the application. This is where the concepts of Software Configuration Management come into play; SCM is about getting the job done safer, faster, and better.Visual SourceSafe has a long history behind it. The previous versions were either loved for their ease of use and integration with other Microsoft products, or hated because the headaches caused by using them improperly. This book will help you to avoid such problems.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Visual SourceSafe 2005 Software Configuration Management in Practice
About the Author
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Adding the Database to the Database List

For each computer user, Visual SourceSafe maintains a list of previously accessed SourceSafe databases. This database list saves the specific connection settings for each database for easier access.

Adding the Database over the LAN

When using the LAN we can add a SourceSafe database to our database list using:

  • Visual SourceSafe Explorer

  • Visual SourceSafe Administrator

  • Visual Studio with the LAN plug-in

Adding a database using the Visual SourceSafe Administrator is identical to adding it with the Visual SourceSafe Explorer so I will just cover adding the SourceSafe database using Visual SourceSafe Explorer.

Using Visual SourceSafe Explorer

To add a database using the Visual SourceSafe Explorer we use the Add SourceSafe Database Wizard.

If there are no databases in the database list yet, the Visual SourceSafe Explorer will open the Add SourceSafe Database Wizard from the start. Otherwise we can open this wizard by going to File | Open SourceSafe Database...