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it sometimes tries to push my entire Projects folder
Do you have a .gitignore?
I've never used it before because I was missing stashing functionality.
I used to like SourceTree A LOT better (VS 2015-2017), but with 2019 it's just slightly better I think.
I have a solution with some projects in the same base folder, and other projects that are shared in different locations. When I right-click the solution and choose "Add To Source Control", a Git message pops up:
Source Control - Git
The current solution has projects that are located outside the solution folder. These projects will not be source controlled in the Git repository. To add all the projects to a single Git repository please consolidate all projects under a single folder.
You know we use it, we're 10 developers, we all have multiple branches running in parallel, we have many version tags.
We have a simple workflow
In 4,5 years, I think we had one major issue (no data loss), I think it was because we busted the 1 gig repository size and needed to move files to the LFS system and rebuild the history.
From what I can see, your problem seems to be related to the GIT in Visual Studio; I've seen some solution on StackOverflow; maybe not exactly like your situation, but it should be a good way to start looking at it.
Maybe you could try an external GIT tool (tortoiseGIT, Kraken.... ) and see how it goes.
Keep in mind that Git is a service. It is not solely supplied or hosted by Microsoft. They just own GitHub but there are also other sites that host Git servers. At work we use Bitbucket and they host both Git and Mercurial repositories. They also have both free and commercial accounts available. That's the only one I am somewhat familiar with and there are several others.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
I used to hate GIT, but that was when I had to use the command line, which is incomprehensible. I now use SmartGit as the front end, and I'm quite pleased with the ease of creating branches, stashing stuff away to be applied later, merging branches, etc. I've never had a problem with it, and SmartGit's graph of branches is probably one of the more readable ones I've seen, not that I ever even look at those things when working solo on a project.
Sorry ahead of time if just want some alternative.
Are the fears you have with GIT from personal experience of what you have read and been told?
My history: 4 years in software, some SVN used. Start using GIT on new project. 2 years go by with very little issue of a team of 3 people.
Get a new hire and in the first week things start breaking. Release went out which replaced a fix and compile time issues.
Cause: new hire was using command line to do all their GIT commits/pulls/push/sync.
Me just let them do their thing.
Another week, I cannot help them, because my command line experience of GIT is minimal.
This person claimed years of experience with GIT and blaming the team for doing it wrong, that their way was right.
Also did not help that they decided to rewrite much of the existing code in their style without checking if this was acceptable or what the requirements of those existing components were.
to end this rant: GIT is a tool.
First understand your CURRENT workflow.
How many people in the team?
Then look at a tool to help improve YOUR workflow.
I still look at unit tests with some detain, but when the that work helps show red days before release, it helps.
Simplest work flow: setup VSTS (azure devops) with Master as Pull Request only.
Make branch per feature.
Pull request viewer in devops, pull requests in general, consolidates multiple commits for easy pear review.
Mark delete branch on successful pull.
Issues with conflicts means in VS to sync YOUR master copy.
Merge master into the branch.
The pull-request is updated and conflict removed, to allow for another review.
Im now in a team of 5 people, who have 20+ projects in Azure DevOps, some with multiple repos in them.
I have used Perforce and found it very reliable and easy to work with. Integrates into Visual Studio. I would still use Azure Dev Ops (VSTS) as a default as it does everything I need it to do. Just need to remember to set the project up in the browser and then add files to it from Visual Studio.
I've been using social media for a long time now and lately, I've been feeling like social media is just adding to my anxiety and I tend to waste more time using social media than doing any productive work.
In fact, I've thought of deactivating my social account and just go disappear for a while. Is it just me or do feel the same way?