VSS 2005 Review

by Andy
(Los Angles, CA, USA)

VSS 2005 Review - We use Microsoft VSS 2005. We have about 100 developers/users.

We use it for mostly .Net code, but we also have some Java and PowerBuilder.

We also store documents because our organization does not provide a document repository.

We have some projects using a more traditional Waterfall SDP, but have been noticing more and more teams moving to an Agile methodology.

Unfortunately for us, VSS is not a great tool. It lacks many of the features of the more robust tools.

The 2005 version is better than the VSS 6, but it is still not great.

We would like more reporting capabilities, better merging tools and a better tool for distributive development.

VSS is very slow across our network.

We are investigating a move to either TFS or Subversion. TFS is very expensive because of the licensing for the server and Visual Studio.

So, you would think Subversion would be perfect, but we have management resistance to using open source.

The developer preference would be SVN.

I look forward to what others are using and would recommend.

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by: Jeremy

Hi Andy,

I have used both of these tools.

TFS is so tightly integrated into Visual Studio. It is very natural for the developers.

SVN also works well with Visual Studio.

I like open source tools because of the communities that support them.

I would go with SVN because the price is right...;-)

Good Luck.

Thanks for your VSS review
by: Todd

Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback on VSS.

It really does help others who are looking for opinions on Software Configuration Management Tools.

Todd -

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