Developing With Version Control Using Dropbox
Anyone who has done any kind of programming will attest to the value of version control (a feature that is sorely missing from MicroStrategy, but that’s a discussion for another day). For me, when developing in Flex or Java, using some level of version control has saved me on many occasions. To be specific, version control is the ability to view different versions of source code and roll back to specific points if necessary. While traditional professional grade tools such as Microsoft Visual Source Safe/Team Foundation and Subversion are popular in multi-developer shops, I like to use something a little more subtle.
Dropbox is a free program/website that will automatically sync your files to their cloud. You don’t have to do anything as far as “checkin/checkout”, it just works. The beauty of using it as a versioning tool for development is that you never have to even think about saving backups of your code, you just focus on the coding. Every modification to any file you touch (within the pre-designated Dropbox folder) is synced and versioned. If you want to see what the code used to look like or even roll back to any prior version, the web interface contains the option to restore old copies.