In my wandering I have discovered Microsoft's Team Foundation Server.
As I write code at home TFS appears to be an ideal solution. I can create a single
user within their website and not have to deal with managing my own repository.
One place to begin learning about TFS is here:
Get Started For Free
The explanation starts well. Users like myself can establish and account for up to five programmers without paying a fee. In my case, when I learn how to use this, I will recommend it for installation at work. The plan there is to purchase a full up license and install it on our systems that must be completely isolated from the outside world.
However, this has not worked out so well. After many attempts I have been unable to figure out how to use it. Following the procedure and steps on their web page leads me in circles and does not work out well. I have posted multiple questions on their forums. While some posts have resulted in useful answers, critical items remain unanswered.
Here is a link to the latest post in the msdn forum that provides that link to the reader. Here
Visual Studio provides a method in which code from outside of a solution can be
incorporated into a project. To access this feature, display the Solution Explorer
and right click on a project. Select Properties. On the left side select C/C++ and
Back in Solution Explorer, right click on Header Files or Source Files and add an exiting item. Navigate to the new item in the just selected directory and add it. Now multiple solutions and projects can share that code.
To make this discussion more readable, I present the name and directories used on my computer. The solution is found here: E:\CODE\Common_Code_Test_Utilities. This is a solution that currently contains one project: Test_C_Log_Writer.
Directory E:\CODE\COMMON_CODE contains the files C_Log_Writer.h and C_Log_Writer.cpp. Together these two files constitute a class of the same name. It is a utility that will write data to a log file. I use it in multiple projects. It does not contain a solution, just the various utilities that can be used in any solution.
I started a thread on this particular topic here: Here. The title is: map an arbitrary directory to TFS in the cloud The replies received have NOT provided a method to do this. In my son so humble opinion, this is a Major Shortfall of TFS.
The mappings for the solution could not be found. The active solution has been temporarily disconnected from source control because the server is unavailable. To attempt to reconnect to source control, close and then re-open the solution when the server is available. If you want to connect this solution to another server, use the Change Source Control dialog.Both the links refer to a solution outside of TFS. The end result is that TFS has no method to remove the connection between a solution on your computer and the TFS server. I find this to be a significant omission.
Dear reader: If you understand my problems and know how to resolve them, please post in the MSDN forum or send an email to me as noted here. For email, send to "online" followed by the at symbol and the domain of this web page, bkelly dot ws. A short and very simple email address. The reader may download the MS Word file, edit, and send that. I will post results here.
9 March 2014