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Version Control

When you work with multiple developers, communication is important. Version control software can prevent miscommunication disasters. Version control software controls the editing of files by allowing a file to be edited by only one person at a time. It also ensures that everyone is working on the latest version of the page. There are a couple of different ways to ensure version control. One is to use Dreamweaver’s built-in control system. Another is to install a full-fledged version control program on the server.

Server-Based Version Control

Dreamweaver MX 2004 continues to support source and version control systems such as Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS) and WebDAV-enabled software—two large, complex pieces of administrative software that are installed on web servers to control workflow. These applications act like librarians sitting on the server. Anytime a team member wants to work on a particular file, she must “check it out” from the server, like checking a book out from the library. After a file is checked out, it still exists on the server, but no other team members are allowed to access it until the original member checks it back in. Just like a human librarian would, the server software keeps track of who checks out files and when, so team members and managers can watch the workflow progress by monitoring which files are being accessed.


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