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Easy Method to Work From Multiple Computers? [message #896217] Tue, 17 July 2012 15:32 Go to next message
Jason Bury is currently offline Jason BuryFriend
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I'm a college student in Computer Science, and I'm looking for an easier way to manage code across multiple computers. At the moment I've got a desktop at home, a laptop that travels with me, and the computers on my school's network.

The problem I'm running into is that if I start a project on my desktop, as an example, the process I have been using to continue working on the project on my laptop or my school's computers (exporting an archive file of the project to a USB drive and making a physical copy on each computer I am working on) is sloppy, difficult, and far from optimal.

I've had numerous situations where I've found myself with upwards of 10 copies of the same exact project with different names, all at different points of development, and me with no idea which one is the most current, or where I have no idea which computer even has the latest project version.

One possibility I tried to look into was something similar to Visual Studio's Team Foundation Server functionality and stumbled upon Eclipse's CVS component, but several sources seemed to suggest Eclipse's CVS was being phased out/replaced.

I apologize for how verbose this post is; since I know next to nothing about Eclipse's capabilities, I figured I should completely explain my situation and see if there's an easier way to work on projects from multiple computers than the solutions I've tried (and failed) to look into on my own.
Re: Easy Method to Work From Multiple Computers? [message #896220 is a reply to message #896217] Tue, 17 July 2012 15:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Denis Roy is currently offline Denis RoyFriend
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I recently saw this forum post, where the gentleman installs Eclipse and all the requirements on a USB drive, then works off the drive directly without needing to install anything on the host computer. I haven't tried it, but the solution looked quite elegant. Might be worth a shot.

http://www.eclipse.org/forums/index.php/m/893863/


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Re: Easy Method to Work From Multiple Computers? [message #896223 is a reply to message #896217] Tue, 17 July 2012 15:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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On 7/17/2012 9:32 AM, Jason Bury wrote:
> I'm a college student in Computer Science, and I'm looking for an easier
> way to manage code across multiple computers.
> [snip]

Version control brings the added benefit of backing up the latest from
every source. Whether or not CVS is discontinued (and it should be),
Subversion, Git and several other alternatives including free hosting
from many organizations like GitHub, Unfuddle, Atlassian Bitbucket, etc.
are wonderfully easy to use and offer yet even more in the way of
hosting collaborative efforts and also project publishing which might be
useful to you as an academic.
Re: Easy Method to Work From Multiple Computers? [message #896225 is a reply to message #896223] Tue, 17 July 2012 16:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jason Bury is currently offline Jason BuryFriend
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Thanks for the suggestions! I think I'd like to go with the version control suggestion that Russell brought up. Any suggestions on which alternative to CVS I should use? Any advice, helpful info, or cautionary tales/horror stories that I should know before I dive back into Google?
Re: Easy Method to Work From Multiple Computers? [message #896249 is a reply to message #896225] Tue, 17 July 2012 17:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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On 7/17/2012 10:04 AM, Jason Bury wrote:
> Thanks for the suggestions! I think I'd like to go with the version
> control suggestion that Russell brought up. Any suggestions on which
> alternative to CVS I should use? Any advice, helpful info, or
> cautionary tales/horror stories that I should know before I dive back
> into Google?

Subversion is an easier Eclipse solution in my opinion because I've
never got eGit to work. I use Git now exclusively, used Subversion for
many years). I just use Git from the command line (old UNIX, DOS, Linux
guy).

While I don't guarantee relevance, my personal technical notes on these
topics are at

http://www.javahotchocolate.com/tutorials/subclipse.html
http://www.javahotchocolate.com/tutorials/tortoisesvn.html
http://www.javahotchocolate.com/tutorials/subversion.html
http://www.javahotchocolate.com/tutorials/git.html
http://www.javahotchocolate.com/tutorials/git-lifecycle.html

The set-up stuff isn't super interesting if you're going to use
Bitbucket or something. In fact, it might be discouraging.

Feel free to ask me questions directly if you like. My contact point is
in these notes.

Russ
Re: Easy Method to Work From Multiple Computers? [message #896272 is a reply to message #896249] Tue, 17 July 2012 20:02 Go to previous message
Jason Bury is currently offline Jason BuryFriend
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Alrighty, I'll look into both Subversion and Git for starters, thanks for your help!
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