Saturday, August 05, 2006

Subversion support in Visual Studio 2005

Oh, while we're at it... I've been experimenting with Subversion support for Visual Studio 2005. Tried these:

- the "official" plugin, and probably the most advanced of the bunch. Open source, too. Works nicely with two caveats: if you create a new file, it won't allow you to delete it or rename it until you've committed it to SVN. Which is either stupid or I'm unaware of SVN rules (and I am). The second one is that if you rename a file, it will get irretrievably lost, and you'll have to juggle around with SVN just to get the previous version back. I understand that SVN is trying to make the best of its capability of tracking files across renames, and that the error is due to a bug in Visual Studio, but I'd be satisfied to lose the rename capability in order not to lose any files. Also, you should be aware that this is a beta version: you have to use the beta in order to get the plugin working in VS 2005.

Update (2006-11-22): the cleaning up of bugs in AnkhSVN has gotten into the RC4 phase. It works considerably better, but still has bugs. I'll be keeping an eye on this one for sure.

Visual SVN - this is a proxy between Visual Studio 2005 and TortoiseSVN, and costs $19. It's not very integrated in the Visual Studio. While AnkhSvn shows status icons on all of the files in solution view, VisualSVN does no such thing. And once you click on Commit or Update or whatever you want, it just opens TortoiseSVN with the requested command. So you still have to work with folders, not projects, and add new project files manually to the repository (AnkhSvn does this from the IDE, although I'm not sure whether it behaved strangely or I don't know how to work with SVN).

PushOK's SVN SCC proxy - this one is a bridge between the Sourcesafe API and SVN, so it looks to Visual Studio just like another SourceSafe. I couldn't get it to work, though: it said there has to be a windows service for making the files under source control read-only (I suppose Visual Studio expects that) and that the service should reindex my files in order for the plugin to work. I let the service do its magic, but nothing happened. The other PushOK's plugin, CVS for VS 2003 worked nicely for me, though, so I guess this is not a general quality issue (come to think of it, I haven't checked if the plugin was VS 2005 compatible at all). Oh yeah, this one is not free but almost: it's around $20.


Ivan Zhakov said...

Update concerning VisualSVN:
VisualSVN 1.1 shows status icons in solution explorer very well.

Boris Drajer said...

Hi, Ivan,

That's good news, it could make VisualSVN a solution of choice for SVN integration into Visual Studio. Given that TortoiseSVN has of late (v1.4.1) become much more stable and that VisualSVN costs next to nothing, it is indeed worth a try.

Anonymous said...

This settings hack integrates TortoiseSVN with Visual Studio 2005(Also works with Express) by adding a Tortoise-toolbar. It will also add Log, Diff and Blame functions to the context menu for files in the solution manager.

Visual Studio 2005 and TortoiseSVN Subversion Integration

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