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Chapter 28. Managing Application Develop... > Using Visual SourceSafe: An Overview

Using Visual SourceSafe: An Overview

When you want to place a database under SourceSafe control, you create it from a SourceSafe project; this database becomes the master copy. Each developer works on a local copy of the database, and no objects in the database can be modified until they're checked out. When a developer checks out an object, it's copied from Visual SourceSafe into the local database. No other developers see changes made to the object until it's checked back in. When the developer checks the object back in, it's copied from the local database to the Visual SourceSafe project.

With the exception of modules, only one person can check out an object at a time. This means that two people can't make changes to any other types of objects under SourceSafe control simultaneously. Multiple developers, however, can check out modules. When you check a module back in, your changes are merged with any changes other developers have made since you checked the module out.


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