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Managing Incremental Development with Dev, Test and Live Servers

Any software reccomendations or tips?

     
2:48 pm on Sep 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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As the team grows I am having these specifc problems:

- When a developer starts working on small changes, they cant see if another develoer has made changes to the same files as part of a alarger project on Dev or Dev and Test

- How to identify dependencies across files - we can see whiich files are include, but not easy to see all that include a given file. e.g If we change cls_datefunctions how to ID all the files that use it for testing

- How to package up changes to code (including multiple folders, includes etc) and SQL/MySQL scripts to move them quickly over from one server to another without errors

I have used Subversion, TortoiseSVN, TortoiseCVS , Microsft Source safe etc but none of them seem to solve these problems.

Any ideas ?
2:40 pm on Oct 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Although I haven't worked as part of a big team for ages I remember in the 90s the ancient pvcs was doing just what you asked for item-1. Are you saying the cvs is not sufficient for this?
[nongnu.org...]

For the 2nd item I would say it depends on the framework architecture. Is that at runtime or buildtime you want to check?

For runtime an example, if I had a common functions file called functions.php and expect it to be used as a helper in various files I would replace the regular PHP control structure. So instead of:
require_once('functions.php')
I could use
my_custom_require('functions.php');
And log the caller(s) accordingly.

For item-3 there are various open source package management systems some of which are cross-platform.
 

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