Source Control, also known as Version Control, is developers’ best friend. It helps developers with the backup of latest, updated version of the code in the incident of code breakage/failure in Production. It traces the code committed in terms of who made what changes and when.
The regular commits and integration of code into the VCS facilitates early detection and correction of errors and makes sure that the code meets the quality benchmark. It thus serves as a mechanism to perform due diligence checks, gives an overview of bugs fixed, enhancements made to the application.
Traditionally, most of the Salesforce development is limited to the boundaries of a Development Org and Production Sandbox that acts as the source of truth providing the latest snapshot of Project's progress. And now, in Salesforce DX, the source of truth is shifted from the Production Org to the Source Control System. It has paved the way for the Source Driven Development, a modern software development practice.
What Makes Source Control Important for Salesforce Development?
Source Control is the key to a well-managed, collaborative development environment.
- Timeline of Changes - Source Control is the source of truth of the latest code and an archive of all the changes made to the code. Developers can roll back to the previous version when they find an erroneous code that might fail the application. It alerts developers if there are any code conflicts and enables them to resolve before committing the same in Source Control. Committing every developer’s work to Source Control branch allows the entire development team to have access to the latest code and keep their work unaffected by the changes made.
- Code Management- In enterprises with multiple projects running in parallel, with a large team of developers, a Source Control keeps track of the code changes made, who made them and when. This results in orderly management of code and accounts for a collaborative working environment.
- The Power of Branching - Branching empowers developers to create complex features of an application with ease. Branching enables developers to work on new features, enhancements, or required changes in isolation for a particular version in a specific branch, reducing the risk of overwriting another developer’s changes in other branches. With this, the working branch will not be impacted by the changes made. It also helps the developers to release minor fixes into Production while development happens in parallel.
- Continuous Integration - By committing a code frequently, errors can be detected and fixed earlier. This way a quality code is delivered consistently and quickly. Continuous Integration is the application development best practice where developers integrate their work consistently into a Source Control system. Each line of code is checked for errors by an automated build.
Salesforce DX recommends the usage of a Source Control system as a best practice making Continuous Integration an integral part of the Salesforce development. Leveraging the power of all the available technologies like ALM tools and modern Source Control Systems like GIT, SVN, TFS saves development time significantly and increases productivity. This lets development teams deliver efficient and robust software more rapidly.
AutoRABIT - The enabler of Source Driven Development
AutoRABIT is a trusted end-to-end Continuous Delivery SaaS platform which complements and extends Salesforce DX. Every change made by the developers to the code can be tracked, along with the details like who made the changes, and references to problems fixed, or enhancements made by the changes. With its seamless support for all the industry-leading Source (Version) Control Systems, AutoRABIT is the perfect enabler of Source Driven development for its clients. For further information,
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