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So I spent much of the afternoon looking over postings here on Source Control Software and LabVIEW. I must say I came away discouraged. I've been programming LabVIEW for over 20 years in a single one technician lab and never really needed any stinking source control. Well now that's not the case. But thought I'd just read some posts, determine what everyone else likes and be done!!!!! That didn't work out for me ether... Seems nobody really likes source control after all. Or at least there are issues with just about every option. So here is my situation. I'm still the single labVIEW developer on a project. But the project requires a more structured source control environment. So I'm looking for source control that works flawlessly within LabVIEW and is easy to use, I'm Using latest versions of LabVIEW. Since most of the posts I read today are from years back, I'm hoping things have really improved in the last couple years and you guys are happy as a lark with your source control environment. If you could take a minute and tell me: 1. What type of source control software you are using? 2. You love it, or hate it? 3. Are you forced to use this source control because it's the method used in your company, but you would rather use something else 4. Pro's and Con's of the source control you are using? 5. Just how often does your source control software screw up and cause you major pain? Thank you in advance. Bob Harmon
Questions Regarding SVN and Project File Organization
MrShawn posted a topic in Source Code ControlHi all, I am fairly new to Labview development. I want to implement revision control software (SVN in particular) to my workplace. Before I can do this, I need to prove the concept and usefulness of the SVN application for us. I have used SVN in some degree in the past, and noticed tortoiseSVN integration with Labview via the TSVN Toolkit. I have a few questions regarding SVN and how I should organize my project files, in particular when using SVN. File organization has been a particular gray area for me in Labview, unlike linking my libraries and specifying their locations I don't seem to quite have that control in Labview. This issue is somewhat more exacerbated (or at least so I think) when I began using SVN. Let me explain: Using the TSVN toolkit it sees that my entire class (which was developed in a separate directory - then linked in) is not sourced and revisioned. This is also the case for several other libraries which I have borrowed or developed myself. I have two primary questions regarding this. The first - How does SVN add/commit these project files when they are not present within the project directory itself? In fact I have created a separate repo for the class which I use to maintain that code. The second - Is my file organizational design fundamentally flawed? Especially in the context of SVN? What are some good organizational tips/ schemes (when using SVN) which would help me for future projects in avoiding issues such as this? A less pressing question: How well does the "merge" functioning work with the Labview VIs? Remember I am do not have the most experience with SVN - it is my understanding that merge basically would merge changes I have made back with changes by other devs to the file along the main trunk(?). Thanks in advance. MrShawn
Tim_S posted a topic in Source Code ControlOur IT department is rolling out a SCC package called Version Dog to our site. Looking a the website, it looks to be geared for PLCs but down in the documentation it mentions LabVIEW. Has anyone heard of this before? Used it? Have opinions on it? Not impressed by the amount of openly available non-fluff information on the website. We do have a SVN server running, however the network changes from when the current owners took over have FUBAR our ability to connect to SVN from our desk. This appears to be a much needed effort to version control the PLC programs (long overdue) and an attempt to close out IT work tickets that are many years old. Thanks in advance for any replies.
While creating a new a new repo in GitHub, I noticed there is not a template .gitignore for LabVIEW -- let's make one! After contacting GitHub support asking the proper channel for submitting a .gitignore to their set of templates, i received the following response: "We have an open source repository, https://github.com/github/gitignore that we use to accept contributions for the gitignore templates. The way we accept new contributions is through pull requests" From the readme.md on that repo, "Since this repo includes a large and diverse number of programming languages, frameworks, editors, and ecosystems, it's very helpful if you can provide a link to information supporting your pull request" -- we will use this thread and public discussion as documentation and justification for LabVIEW.gitignore. So, I went ahead and forked the repo and created a new LabVIEW.gitignore, found here: https://github.com/wirebirdlabs/gitignore/blob/master/LabVIEW.gitignore Please, feel free to contribute to this thread, and once we've come to a consensus, hopefully GitHub will accept the Pull Request. Here's the contents of the file right now: # http://zone.ni.com/reference/en-XX/help/371361H-01/lvhowto/lv_file_extensions/*.aliases*.lvlps How can this be improved?