Hi gang! I’m kicking off a new blog category with this post. It’s called Real World Use, after the category we have in the Dreamweaver bugbase for issues that are found during normal use of the product (as opposed to those found during feature development or specific testing). This category will be a place for us to ask questions and get feedback about how you’re using Dreamweaver in the real world, and perhaps even a place to share some inside info about how we thought you’d use the features we developed.
Let’s get things started by talking about source/version control. Version control systems are absolutely vital to software development, and I think one could argue that they’re just as important to managing large websites. My question is: Do you use a version control system such as CVS, Subversion, SourceSafe, or Perforce with your site? If so, is your system integrated with Dreamweaver, or do you deal with the repository separately? Are all your web files under source control, or only some of them? What are your main reasons for using source control?
If you’re not using a source/version control system, why not? (I don’t use one on my personal site, for example, because I’m the only one working on the site, and the overhead of setting up a system outweighs any benefit I’d gain from it.) Is putting your site under source control on your to-do list, and you just haven’t gotten to it yet, or is it not even on your radar?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!