For those of you that use the Version Control Format (VCP) for your Real Studio projects you should be aware that I do not recommend using it for Web Edition projects. I discovered (and logged) several bugs today in 2011 R1 that will bite you.
The first is subclassing a WebControl in VCP format results in it displaying in the IDE with a black triangle indicating that it doesn’t know what the control is. Thankfully the control still works, it just looks funny in the IDE and doesn’t seem to affect the final build.
The second is that WebStyles do not read properly after saved in VCP format. This will result in controls not adhering to their styles after the project is loaded again. This does affect final builds.
In both cases it could be a write or read failure. Not my job to figure out which one.
If you use Web Edition and version control you should make these bugs part of your priority list.
<Rant> This is the third release in a row with serious issues with the version control format that keep me from using it. For my consulting business I need reliable version control. The only way to do that is to have a rock solid version control format. It has to work in EVERY release.
Binary format just isn’t acceptable for my business. I need to track changes on a line by line basis – sometimes my livelihood depends on knowing what changed, and when.
It ‘s obvious, to me anyway, that RS doesn’t use Web Edition internally for anything big, important, or that requires multiple users working with it. If they did, they would have spotted these problems a long time ago. </Rant>
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