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Source control for Windows development
Like many of you, I currently use Visual SourceSafe, and to say that it is limiting is a gross understatement (and it's apparently a case where Microsoft does not eat their own dogfood, but instead use a custom source control product internally). What is a better option for advanced source control?
What problems do you have with VSS exactly? We use it with SourceOffSite (www.sourcegear.com) that allows much speedier access to the repository over WAN/VPN connections (it basically turns VSS into a client/server system).
There are also http://vssconnect.com/VssConnect.htm and http://www.dmbcllc.com/products.aspx (haven't used either one, just throwing options into the pot).
Microsoft actually uses a lot of different products internally, and I think you'll find that inertia is the responsible party as much as anything else.
Subversion looks like it'll be the giant most likely to topple the VSS and CVS dynasties. At least when it is fully complete. Decide for yourself.
Brent R. Matzelle
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