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Every development project requires a way to manage changes and version code in their codebases. A source control system, also known as a version control system, allows developers to collaborate on code and track changes. The system is primarily essential for multi-developer projects. This article at ServiceNow explains the benefits a source control system offers.
As a developer, if you are looking forward to maintaining a single source of application changes, source control is your go-to platform. Using the system helps you collaborate and accelerate release velocity.
Here are some of the source control benefits.
Writing a good commit message is the best and easiest way to communicate with other team members about code changes. Commit messages must be clear to everyone regardless of project team size.
Experts believe that when two developers make conflicting changes simultaneously, manual intervention is needed to resolve the conflict. Additionally, programmers must work with the most up-to-date version of the files as possible.
Reviews are a great way to get another perspective on code edits and help improve code quality. Code reviews also enable awareness within the team and enhance team productivity through code reuse.
Make sure the code changes are traceable so you and other developers can easily reference them later if your edits need to be reanalyzed. Failing to follow this best practice will put you and your team in a difficult position to trace the change. It may even cause issues like code breaks and errors. Following best practices will allow the team to pinpoint the code's origin, even if it causes problems in the testing stage.
To read the original article, click on https://developer.servicenow.com/dev.do#!/learn/learning-plans/quebec/new_to_servicenow/app_store_learnv2_devenvironment_quebec_what_is_source_control.
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