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WFC Technical Note 4 - Using SourceSafe with Visual C++

$Revision: 1 $ Last Modified $Date: 1/09/99 2:27p $


Microsoft is always trying to integrate things together. To that end, the integrated SourceSafe into Developer's Studio. Like most things Microsoft, it is a wonderful idea but a sucky implementation.

Children At Work

When Microsoft integrated SourceSafe into Developer's Studio, they put too much intimate information into your workspaces (.DSW files). The child that did the integration work put the SourceSafe project name, data directory and local working folder names into the Visual C++ project workspace. This was very stupid. Well, it could have been simple ignorance but since it made it all the way through Microsoft's QA, it is probably stupidity. Why is putting all of this information into the workspace bad? The problem is when you use SourceSafe to modify project settings. For example, you create a project in Visual C++ and check it into SourceSafe. Another developer on another machine (OK, this is an advanced concept in programming, multiple programmers on one project!!!!) sets his SourceSafe working folder.

Magical Reappearing Settings

OPT file. This little gem is an OLE compound document.

Samuel R. Blackburn