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Setup Version Control

Benefits of Using Version Control

  • Lets you backup your work and keep a history of changes.
  • Allows multiple developers to collaborate on the same project.
  • Version Control Systems, such as Git, Plastic, and Perforce, are widely used among hobbyists, indie developers, and industry professionals.

Overview of a Version Control System (VCS)

  • A master copy of the project is hosted on a server. Other users copy it to their local machines, make changes, and commit changes back to the master copy.
  • When a user pushes changes to the master copy, other users can pull those changes to their local machines.
  • Users can also make branches of the project to isolate development, then merge the changes into the master branch.

Install Git and Use a Git Hosting Platform

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### Setup 1. Sign Up for Git Hosting Platform. 2. Create a New Repository on the platform with the appropriate .gitignore settings. 3. Install Git to your local machine. 4. Clone the repository to your local machine. 5. Move your project files into the local repository folder.

Usage

  1. Make changes to the project in your local repository.
  2. Add and Commit the changes you want.
  3. Push to changes to the origin repository on the Git Hosting Platform.

Branching

Version Control Repo Hosts

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Git GUI Clients

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  • Git GUIs also included in IDEs and Text Editors, such as Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code.

Other Version Control Systems

Plastic SCM

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  • Easier branch management than Git.
  • Includes robust GUI Client.
  • Additional features for handling art assets, and to make it easier for artists to use version control.
  • Free Cloud Hosting for Up to 3 Users. Free Trials and Subscriptions available for larger teams.

Perforce Helix Core

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  • AAA Games Industry standard for Version Control.
  • Excellent at handing large codebases and high quality art assets.
  • Includes robust GUI Client.
  • Free for up to 5 Users. Larger Teams require a license.

Perforce Hosting

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  • Free Trials and Subscriptions available for Cloud Hosting.