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Some things that just bug me about the tools I'm using...
GIT - After all these years, I can't be the first person who wants to manage multiple separate but tightly related code bases as one repository and avoid the overhead of constantly having to keep them in sync, configure them the same, etc... Or where one part of it is to be public and the other part not. It seems crazy to me that the leading SC solution is so lacking in this key aspect. If you are on a team and all pushing to (now multiple) common repositories, it seems like it would be even more psycho.
Visual Studio Code - Related to GIT above, cannot deal with multiple repositories so you lose GIT integration if need to have separate repositories, which the above will often force you to do. I just started using VSC on my own C++ stuff and was really appreciating seeing what had changed, which lasted a few days until the above forced me to lose that ability.
And, though having the intellisense stuff is very helpful, it can be incredibly intrusive and annoying sometimes.
And, it seems to want to force you to have all customizations be per-user. Clearly in many cases you would want global configuration that is enforced/available for a project and shared by all users of it.
C++ - Why has the committee spent all this time creating a cathedral to container abstraction, while seemingly ignoring the fact that you can't write even a modest C++ program and remain within the standard? I.e. you have to throw in a bunch of third party bits and bobs, because there's been not much progress towards a reasonably full featured cross platform (even if some of it is only applicable on the mainstream) system. I think that the latter would do far more to allow C++ to compete against things like C# than the ability to remove every third odd numbered duplicate vector element.
Similar to above, while ignoring fundamental things like enumerations, which suck in C++. I've done a lot of work on my own to make them very strong (if you are interested : [^]) but it just seems like stuff like that are core language issues.
At some point C++, if it's going to survive, is going to have to just cut off some of the past and move forward, IMO.
I'm sure there are others but my coffee cup runneth dry.
As I said, I am a single programmer (1 man shop). I do not work in a corporate or team environment. . I still use it for my VB6 legacy support work.
So far I have replaced it with a 9TB Raid 5 array and different backups for each day of the week Monday through Saturday. (Never work on Sunday). I tried Tortoise SVN but was extremely unhappy with the lack of documentation, and how cumbersome it is. I also tried TFS, with similar complaints.
If you know of anything for revision control NOT for someone working in a Team environment, I would love to hear about it.
It is hell getting old but still beats the alternative.
I would have recommended SVN, but you already tried it. Did you ever try the SVN command line without Tortoise? Just recursively commit your whole directory tree whenever you want to make a recovery point.
If you ever need to recover, pull the commit number you want into a new directory tree.
Mercurial or git with a local repository would probably have similar behaviors.