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Sharepoint Newbie: Can it be used for text file version control?

  Asked By: Holly    Date: Mar 24    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1118

I want to use Sharepoint to facilitate collaboration among
developers using an esoteric software package named CSPro (download
from www.cspro.org). It is used for survey and census data entry
and processing.

CSPro has a number of file associations that are set on our local
computers. In order to minimize the developer's learning curve
(none of us has ever used SharePoint or any version control
software), I would like to allow the developers to continue to
double-click on these files just as they do now, to start up CSPro
and modify the relevant files, and save them back to the Sharepoint
server. I would also like to include versioning without requiring
the developers to learn to check out and check back in, but I would
also like to force them to include comments whenever they modify

We can create a new instance of SharePoint in order to accommodate
modifications, but none of us here are highly experienced SharePoint
users, so we are not sure where to start.

Can this be done with SharePoint? If so, can anyone point us in the
right direction to start?



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Patricia Richardson     Answered On: Mar 24

subversion might be for you. i dont recommend using a non delta-v
versioning system and it also a pretty expensive way to accomplish
something it doesnt do well anyways.

Answer #2    Answered By: Alexandra Patterson     Answered On: Mar 24

I have heard about Subversion, and it sounds promising. However,
Sharepoint would not be expensive because we already have a site
license and a server installed. With Subversion, wouldn't we have
to find the hardware for a dedicated linux box for the server? It
also sounds challenging to deploy...

Answer #3    Answered By: Christop Mcfadden     Answered On: Mar 24

I would not use sharepoint  for this feature, just because its really
not made for this. Sharepoint is a collaboration  tool of
information, not programming files  and while I am sure it can be
modified or tweaked to do this job, it probably wouldn't do it as
well as something that is designed to handle that. If flat files are
in constant need of modification and you want to control  who is
modifying what and why... my suggestion is an independent solution
such as Perforce with the additional requirement of tracking those
changes on a Sharepoint teamsite. Perforce is great for just this
kind of control. I would train my developers  to use Perforce (yes
its a check  in and check out manager) because it seems that this is
a key part of your business. I don't know a single development
company that doesn't have programmers check in and check out files
with something like Perforce or even Visual Source Safe. I prefer
Perforce over VSS because with Perforce you are allowed to check out
file  that someone else has checked out and it has a pretty decent
migration tool that allows the two developers to collaborate on code
for the same file.


Answer #4    Answered By: Stefanie Ruiz     Answered On: Mar 24

Subersion runs on most any platform. its easier in my opinion to set
up and install and has the support of the community. sharepoint  does
too, but its nothing in comparision to that of the open source

something you also might want to check  out is "Trac" or "Gforge".

yep, they are all free as in free beer, the only cost is the time and
effort of setting it up, which in my case takes about 20 minutes on a
windows box with binary packages.

Answer #5    Answered By: Damon Garner     Answered On: Mar 24

How will SharePoint be better than VSS?

Answer #6    Answered By: Royce Orr     Answered On: Mar 24

i ran subversion at my old company and had about 30gb of source
code. VSS just couldnt handle it..

imagine using DAV to connect to your repository via https.. theres no
wacky ports, just rides smoothly as a module in apache2!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Version_control_systems - at
least you can rule out sharepoint. its not even in the category.

Answer #7    Answered By: Laura Walker     Answered On: Mar 24

I'm not trying to defend VSS. But it has to be better than SharePoint
for source version  control.