Version Control, part 2

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Version Control, part 2

Post by NotNull » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:09 pm

As it is not allowed to post screenshots (or other pictures) in the development forum, that thread will be continued here.
Some screenshots of what I've build so far (scripts come later as I just discovered a -cosmetic- bug).

The scripts will backup 'projects' in some folder (in my case c:\develop) to a backup location (I tested with c:\backup\develop).
Every time you backup those projects, it will only copy new or changed files to this backup location.
That is done in a folder structure similar to c:\backup\develop\project1\<timestamp>\path\to\your files.
That way you can always go "back in time" to the *exact* state it was in at the moment of <timestamp>, without copying a file multiple times to the backup location (if it hadn't changed).

Whenever you made some changes to your project that are worth saving for later, you start the (PowerShell) script that will take of it all.
After starting, it will ask for each changed project to describe it. That is convenient if you want to restore files (more on that later)

A few screenshots will probably make it more clear.

Start the PowerShell script to start the backup process. That will show you this dialog:
2018-11-23 22_28_41-Demo Project - Select category.png
After selecting a category of your changes, you are asked to describe the changes:
2018-11-23 22_30_40-Demo Project _ Describe the changes.png
That's all. If there are more projects that changed since last time you ran the script, you will be asked the same questions for that project. The titlebar of the dialog boxes tell you which project you are describing.

In the end, this is what you will see:
2018-11-23 22_32_11-PS (2).png
That's all for backup.

Restore: Start another PowerShell script:
2018-11-23 22_33_14-Project to restore.png
2018-11-23 22_34_02-Select time.png
After that, you will see a window you might recognize: Everything!
In Everything, select the files you want to restore and press <Enter>
2018-11-23 22_51_06-_Select files to restore ...._.png
Now select the folder where you want these files to 'land'. The c:\develop\projectname folder is pre-selected, but you can restore your files to any other location too. Be careful: existing files will be overwritten without further asking.
2018-11-23 22_53_38-Browse For Folder.png

And that's it. The selected files are restored. Last screenshot to show that the files are actually restored:
2018-11-23 22_56_05-PS (2).png

As said, scripts will follow later ..
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Re: Version Control, part 2

Post by NotNull » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:58 pm

Forgot to post the scripts ...

Don't think anyone will ever take a look at it (let alone use it), but it's good to have an off-site backup ;)

- extract zip to empty folder
- Add Everything.exe (needed for monitoring filesystem changes ànd for selecting files to restore)
- Change the settings in both Snap-In.ps1 and Snap-Out.ps1

Now you can interactively backup and restore 'projects' with those 2 scripts.

Run Snap-In.ps1 unattended (for scheduled tasks etc) with command:
Powershell.exe -File "C:\Path\To\Your\Snap-In.ps1" -AutoSave

EDIT: Updated to version 2.2 (was 2.1)
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