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Visual SourceSafe Explorer

When you run Visual SourceSafe Explorer, the first thing that you see depends on how the administrator set up your Visual SourceSafe account:
  • If the Visual SourceSafe administrator set up a user with the same name and password as your Windows logon and password, Visual SourceSafe Explorer will proceed immediately to the main screen.
  • Otherwise, Visual SourceSafe Explorer will present you with the logon screen. In this case, you will need to supply a valid Visual SourceSafe logon/password combination as set up by the Visual SourceSafe administrator.

You can also click the Browse button on the logon screen to choose from all the Visual SourceSafe databases recognized by Visual SourceSafe on your system (see Figure 2.10). You can also wait until you see the main Visual SourceSafe screen, and select the File, Open SourceSafe Database from the menu to choose a different database.

Choosing a Visual SourceSafe database
FIGURE 2.10 - Choosing a Visual SourceSafe database.

Following is a list of some of the things that you can do with a project's files in Visual SourceSafe Explorer:

  • Set working folder. You can specify the physical location on your system where you want to put a project's files when you view them or work with them.

  • Check out. You can get a writable copy of a file from the SourceSafe database. Normally, only one developer at a time can check out a given file.

  • Check in. You can return a modified copy of a file to the SourceSafe database. The modified file is now available for other developers to check out.

  • Get working copy. You can get a read-only copy of a file from the Visual SourceSafe database. Anyone can get working copies of a file, even if someone else currently has it checked out.

  • Label. You can designate versions of one or more files in a project with a label of your choosing. You can get copies of all the files designated with a single label and thus reproduce a particular version of a project.

  • Share. You can share the same copy of one or more files between various projects.

  • Branch. You can break the link between shared copies of the same file so that you can then develop the copies independently.

  • Pin. You can freeze a particular version of a file or project so that no more changes can be made to it.

  • Difference. You can view the differences between two different versions of a file.

  • Merge. You can merge two different versions of a file together. You can view each difference and decide how to merge.

The following sections discuss many of these activities.


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