Application Development: Plastic SCM Brings Order to Sprawling Source-Code Projects

By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2012-07-27 Print this article Print
Visual Studio, Eclipse Plug-Ins

Visual Studio, Eclipse Plug-Ins

Plastic SCM includes plug-ins for Visual Studio and Eclipse, as well as tools that integrate with Microsoft Office and even the Windows standard Source Code Control (SCC) interface.
Codice Software's Plastic SCM is a software configuration management tool that serves both small teams as well as large teams. As the Cadillac of SCMs, it scales to projects that have 250,000 files or more spanning thousands of directories. However, it is capable of merging the various branches of such large projects in as little as three minutes. Plastic SCM supports different security models, including the user security that's integrated into the operating system. It can function as distributed or centralized, and will work with the database of your choice. There's a heavy emphasis on branching, where each developer works on a separate branch and the features are merged together as needed using sophisticated merge and diff tools to create a fully merged product release. While all these features add up to a powerful product, some teams might find it adds up to a bit of overkill. Others might find there is a substantial learning curve in using this product effectively. All in all, it's a powerful product.
Jeff Cogswell is the author of Designing Highly Useable Software ( among other books and is the owner/operator of CogsMedia Training and Consulting.Currently Jeff is a senior editor with Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to joining Ziff, he spent about 15 years as a software engineer, working on Windows and Unix systems, mastering C++, PHP, and ASP.NET development. He has written over a dozen books.

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