RE: Tracking Code Changes

Subject: RE: Tracking Code Changes
From: "Haas, Guy" <ghaas -at- selectica -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 10:16:29 -0800

Gwyneth Runnings told us:

> >I'm wondering if anyone has used specific software
> >programs that track code changes-
> My last company used Visual Source Safe, which I think many others
> use as well. In order to change a file, the programmer or other user
> has to check it out. This prevents people from working on the same
> document at the same time and also preserves the earlier versions.
> You can view the previous version and the new version side by side
> and it highlights the changes.

That or CVS, but how does anyone ELSE know that somebody has made
any changes, and what the changes ARE. Most such version control
tools offer a comparison between two versions of a file, but just
requesting the difference report, let alone interpreting that report,
can be tricky. I'm dealing with a team of about 5 engineers who are
making changes across 6 versions of an API. Each has his/her own
idiosyncratic style for commenting what the changes they made were.
Some are excellent, but others report things like "changed some

--Guy K. Haas gkhaas -at- usa -dot- net aka ghaas -at- selectica -dot- com
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