Repository Basics

Source control systems store copies of files and difference files in some form of database repository. In some systems, such as CVS or VSS, the repository is a logical structure that consists of a set of flat files and control files. In other systems, the repositories are instances of a particular database management system (DBMS) such as InterBase, Microsoft Access, MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, or Oracle.

Repositories are typically stored on a remote server, which allows multiple users to connect, check out files, check in files, and perform other management tasks simultaneously. As such, you need to make sure that you establish connectivity not only with the server, but also with the database instance. Check with your network, system, and database administrators to make sure your machine is equipped with the necessary drivers and connectivity software, in addition to the client-side source control software.

Some source control systems allow you to create a local repository in which you can maintain a snapshot of your projects. Over time the local image of your projects differs from the remote repository. You can establish a regular policy for merging and committing changes from your local repository to the remote repository. In a small shop, you can install the repository on your local machine and give shared access to that machine to other users. Generally, it is not safe to give each member of your team a separate repository on a shared project. If you are each working on completely separate projects and you want to keep each project under source control locally, you might use individual local repositories. Even in this case, however, you can create multiple repositories on a remote server, which provides centralized support, backup, and maintenance.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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