Useful software to increase development efficiency
Mercurial for Mac is a distributed version control system for source code and other (mostly textual) files. Developers primarily use this software to merge different versions of code and store previous versions. Its primary purpose is to make software development more convenient and effective by eliminating the risk of mixing up different versions that lose relevance. We will tell you more about this program.
What is this program?
Version control systems can be centralized or distributed. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages. A centralized system assumes a single master repository for all project participants to work with.
If there is no central repository, you can't work with it. Mercurial is a distributed system where every developer has their own copy of the storage and can work independently of other contributors and the main repository. It does not even require a permanent connection to a shared network. Changes can be exchanged directly between developers (push and pull actions), or they can be exchanged with the principal repository.
What is this program used for?
Mercurial for Mac is designed for the following purposes:
Tracking the history of changes to files in a project;
Viewing the history of changes. You can see what changes have been made to each file;
Rollback to the desired point in the history, i.e., you can get any copy of a tracked file at an early stage of the development;
The ability for multiple developers to work independently on the same project and even on the same source code file, i.e., this version control system makes it possible to track all the changes made by different developers and conveniently combine them into a single project;
Backing up your project and organizing its mirror copies.
Working with directories
Mercurial for Mac does not track directory information. It keeps track of the path to the file instead. Before creating a file, Mercurial first creates the empty directories that make up the path to the file. After Mercurial removes the file, it removes any empty directories in the file path. This difference seems trivial, but it has one minor practical consequence: Mercurial does not see empty directories and does not save information about them.
Empty directories are rarely helpful, and there are unobtrusive workarounds you can use to achieve the proper effect. That's why the Mercurial developers felt that the complexity of implementing empty directory management was not worth the limited benefit that this feature would bring.
- More efficient control over development
- Saves time and memory on the device
- No familiar interface and working with console commands