RE: MS Visual Source Safe - Please Help!

Subject: RE: MS Visual Source Safe - Please Help!
From: "Sella Rush" <srush -at- MusicNet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 13:02:06 -0800

VSS allows you to group files according to projects. It also lets you share files across folders or projects.

The point of grouping files by project is pretty self evident; the team working on project Jag can compile all Jag-related files and information in a single repository, including specs, project plans, source code, release files, etc. VSS also has a security feature that lets you set up user groups to restrict access.

The point of sharing is that there's only one instance of a file but that it's accessible at many different locations in VSS. Programmers use this regularly (sharing header/include files, libs, dlls). I also share docs across projects.

In a former position, I maintained my own folder of documentation related files containing everything I'd done. I would then share files with the pertinent project. Each project had a folder containing release files (compiled and ready to ship or build); I would share my help file or user guide in this folder, and when someone was ready to prepare a release, my file was right there with them and it was always the latest version. It also meant a standardized document (such as a tech overview) could be part of many projects. VSS also lets you see where a file is shared, so for example, if I made a change to the tech overview, I could see exactly which projects the change would impact.

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