“Efficiency” isn’t just a buzzword for software developers to throw around in planning meetings to try and convince upper management or clients to provide more resources. Technology and programming standards have evolved and increased in complexity to such a degree that successful delivery of software and web application projects require development teams to effectively organize, track, and maintain massive collections of files. Represented by online collaboration tools such as GitHub, GitLab, BitBucket, and other solutions, source code management software and online tools are essential solutions to this organizational challenge for modern software development teams to maintain projects and improve team efficiency. Follow along as Apex Technology provides our community with an overview of how source code management improves team efficiency and allows software developers to deliver a superior final product.
Effective Software Development Stems from Organized Management
The key tenant of effective source code management is that the development team is working from a centralized, managed storage on a single version of the code. Changes to the code are approved by project managers and lead developers, and ultimately the updates become version releases over the life of the software. Let’s dig into the advantages that this centralized approach gives software teams trying to work together on large, complex software applications.
Allows Teams to Work On Code Concurrently
Because of the scope of modern software and applications, chances are there are multiple individuals, possibly even teams of individuals, involved in the process of writing and maintaining the code. A source code management solution allows programs to be worked on by any number of individuals or teams, allowing for fast turnaround of features, bug-fixes, and version releases.
Centralized Approval of Code Changes
With any number of users being able to access what’s referred to as the project repository concurrently, it’s important for source code management solutions to have a way to manage changes. When users are working with the code to make changes, code management solutions often utilize a mechanism to create “branches” of the original code that remain isolated until they can be reviewed. Once the project manager reviews changes, they are either approved or denied. Approved changes are spliced onto the original code, while denied changes are deleted, leaving no impact to the core product.
Prevents Code-Breaking Setbacks
By integrating the branching method and approval process into source code management, it becomes possible to test various versions of the code before integrating changes that could break the code and cause costly delays in the development process. Bugs and errors can easily be avoided, reducing the time it takes to create minimal viable products.
Use Version History to Establish Release Notes
Software development is often iterative and as business needs evolve, software is modified and updated to meet current needs. Rather than having to keep track of changes manually, source code management solutions keep a detailed record of all changes made, submitted, and approved by the project management team. This version history, as long as code changes were properly documented, can in turn be transformed into release notes, a useful tool for communicating current changes, updates, and bug fixes included in the latest release of the software.
We Keep IT Efficient So We Can Keep IT Affordable to Clients
Having strong programming standards is a hallmark of an effective managed IT services provider. At Apex Technology, we believe so strongly in maintaining our software through the use of source code management tools, that we won’t work with legacy or proprietary software not built by us until we’re able to establish a repository in an accessible source code management solution as a baseline from which all future work will stem. Are you in the Charlotte market and want to work with us on your next software development project, or need other managed IT services? Reach out to us today and find out what other services we have to offer.