What benefits do Source Code Management tools provide?
SCM tools help development teams in many ways:
- Collaboration: SCM tools prevent one user from accidentally overwriting the changes of another, allowing many developers to work on the same code without stepping one each other's toes.
- History: SCM tools track the complete development history of the software, including the exact changes which have occurred between releases and who made those changes.
- Release notes generation: Given the tracking of each change, the SCM can be used to generate notes for their software releases which accurately capture all of the changes included in the new release.
- Documentation and test management: SCM tools can be used to manage not just software source code, but also test suites and documentation for their software.
- Change notifications: To keep interested members of the team informed when changes occur to the source code.
Who uses SCM tools?
SCM tools are used by:
- Project developers who are writing source code.
- Project testers who need to download the very latest changes.
- Advanced users who want to try out code that is not yet stable, mature or released.