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Salesforce Version Control Integration

To be able to deliver at the pace of today’s digital business environment, enterprises are increasingly adopting modern software development practices like Agile and DevOps to innovate faster and better. A version control system plays an integral role in the success of the DevOps practice. A version control system tracks the changes made by each developer across the complete code.

According to Research and Markets, “the version control systems market is projected to grow from USD 438.8 million in 2018 to USD 716.1 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 10.3% from 2018 to 2023.”

Salesforce Version Control

Importance of Salesforce Version Control

A version control system (VCS) allows the software development teams to deliver applications quickly by regulating the process. In the development of Salesforce applications, a version control system plays a significant role. It lets developers maintain a separate branch for each project without overwriting the code changes made for other projects. Developers and other team members can include changes in the version control repository.

For a better understanding of the benefits of a version control system:

  • Collaboration and Communication

A version control system helps the cross-functional and geographically distributed teams to collaborate and communicate efficiently. It acts as a repository of source code, containing data and metadata, and offers visibility into every developer’s coding efforts.

  • Isolated/Parallel Development Environment

A version control system permits the developers to work on multiple features simultaneously while protecting their work from being impacted by the code changes from other developers with the use of branches. The code in a branch can be tested independently for functionality, and the branches can be merged whenever required.

  • Backup and Restore

A version control system saves the changes made to the source code over time. It facilitates the development teams to  review the changes made or revert the project to the previous version in case of a code failure.

  • Change Tracking

A version control system gives visibility into the code changes—who made and when—by tagging the name of the contributor and time-stamping the change. The developers can also annotate each change with a comment to make traceability easier.

Some Common Version Control Terminology

The following are some common terminology that users encounter in version control. The terms may vary slightly depending on the version control system; however, the concepts remain the same:

  • Commit – To update the version control repository with the changes from the local working copy of the code
  • Revert – To roll back the changes made to the code
  • Check Out – To retrieve the code from the version control system
  • Diff – To see the code differences between the local system and the version control repository
  • Branch – To create a new line of development
  • Resolve – To fix the conflicts in the code
  • Merge – To intermingle branches to bring the updates from one branch to another

AutoRABIT’s Salesforce Version Control

AutoRABIT is an enterprise-scale end-to-end Salesforce release management suite. AutoRABIT is integrated with the industry-leading version control systems like GIT, SVN, TFS and Perforce. AutoRABIT’s Salesforce version control solution offers smart features such as ‘Easy Commit’ and ‘Easy Deploy’ that boosts developers’ productivity.

Highlights of AutoRABIT’s Salesforce Version Control Solution:

  • It ensures total visibility across the Salesforce development pipeline and reduces duplication of development efforts
  • It enables quality control by automatic resolution of conflicts that arise during merges
  • It provides potential benefits at each phase of the Salesforce application development, empowering teams to work together cohesively and more efficiently