Well... In "normal" situations two people editting a file under version control is not often a problem, as long as they're not editting the same physical file. To that end, each person has their own "working copy" of a project in a location that's exclusively theirs to edit in. That works beautifully.
With WebFOCUS, things are a little complicated.
Firstly, the files tend to be at a single location, where everybody is doing their edits through Developer Studio. You can install a development environment for each person and that works, but that means you have to install WebFOCUS and every hotfix on each PC involved. It adds a lot of hassle.
Secondly, with WebFOCUS each file is really a procedure. If you change one part of that procedure, it tends to affect what comes after what you edited. If two people edit the same procedure like that, a merge of the changes by both can have interesting
Normally with version controlled projects, code is divided into many procedures that each do one
specific thing. For that reason, developers tend to be active in different procedures and not influence each others results much. Conflicts are rare.
Back to WebFOCUS, where each procedure is a file. People tend to write monolithic procedures, because it's inefficient to call hundreds of files for a single report and it's hard to keep track of all those separate files too.
Therefore, WebFOCUS procedures tend to perform a lot
of related actions in one procedure (monolithic) instead of separate specific tasks each in a procedure of its own. A change in such a procedure by one developer is likely to affect the results of a change by another developer in the same procedure.
So, how effective version control can be for you depends on how you work.
In our case, different developers usually work on different reports. They're all on the same WF server. It's not ideal, but version control has saved our butts a couple of times already, so we still consider it an improvement over not having version control. It sure beats having to restore things from nightly backups
WebFOCUS 8.1.03, Windows 7-64/2008-64, IBM DB2/400, Oracle 11g & RDB, MS SQL-Server 2005, SAP, PostgreSQL 11, Output: HTML, PDF, Excel 2010
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