Version control manages and tracks changes to a project's codebase, documentation, and other digital assets in SFDX. It allows multiple developers to collaborate on a project while keeping track of every modification made to the code.
This makes it easier to:
Without version control, teams are often forced to rely on manual methods of tracking changes, such as creating backups or copying and pasting code into different files.
These methods can be time-consuming and prone to mistakes, leading to a higher likelihood of bugs and code conflicts.
With version control systems, such as Git, teams can experiment with different features or approaches without the risk of losing or breaking the entire SFDX codebase.
Git for Salesforce works via the command line interface (CLI) by providing a set of SFDX Git commands that enable users to manage and version control their Salesforce code.
From there, changes can be pushed to a remote Git repository, such as GitHub or Bitbucket, where other team members can collaborate and review the code.
Here are some reasons why you should consider using Git for your Salesforce version control:
Git is a distributed version control system, which means that every developer has a complete copy of the codebase on their local machine. This allows developers to work on their changes offline, commit changes locally, and then synchronize with the central repository when they have an internet connection.
Git makes it easy to create branches, which are separate lines of development that allow developers to work on features or fixes independently. Once the work is complete, developers can merge their changes back into the main codebase.
Git is designed to be fast and efficient, even with large codebases. It uses a sophisticated algorithm to track changes, which means that commits are quick and lightweight.
Git is open-source, which means that it is free to use, and Salesforce developers can customize it to fit their needs.
However, the SFDX Git workflow is limiting because it requires users to have a good understanding of Git commands.
Users must be familiar with Git concepts, such as branches, commits, merges, and pull requests to effectively use the SFDX Git workflow.
This can be a barrier to entry for new users who are not familiar with Git, and it can also make it more challenging to collaborate on Salesforce projects with team members who are not Git experts.
Additionally, in the SFDX Git workflow, the lack of visual tools can also make it harder to track changes and troubleshoot issues, especially for users who are not familiar with the Git command line.
At Hutte, we enable you to leverage the benefits of Git-based development visually, without the need for CLI. We have removed the barriers Git can pose as Hutte is a web UI to SFDX that allows for visual Salesforce version control.
Furthermore, you don’t need to install or learn Git, as Hutte’s UI is already integrated into Git hosting tools, like GitHub and Azure.
From these hosting providers, you can also view the changes you made, including your pull request in a line-by-line comparison format.
There is no need to reproduce this data as everything is generated and integrated with Hutte.
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If you’re interested in giving Salesforce Git version control a try, take a look at our easy-peasy guide on executing and installing it in a visual way with Hutte.
Once you have created a Hutte account with us, you will start from a fresh environment by taking a scratch org from the pool.
With Hutte, you don’t need to share your sensitive and confidential Salesforce org credentials manually. You can simply one-click login, and you can then do your work on the platform.
You can create new SFDX metadata in your org. In this coding example, we have selected an Apex class.
You add your logic to the Apex class and save it. This now becomes an addition to your environment.
As you have access to the data model, you can make any change you desire. To implement a change to a field, for example, you will select “Field & Relationships.” In this instance, we are changing the “Help Text.”
Once you have added in your help text, you will save it. To view your changes, you will go to the “Changes” tab.
In this example, the changes had the following impact to the org:
This will create your SFDX pull request and your changes will get added into Git.
Hutte is truly one of the best tools that we use. Product owners, Salesforce solution architects, business analysts — anyone on our team can easily and visually accomplish the tasks that would otherwise take a lot of clicks, time, and coding.
The conventional way of installing Git through SFDX or the Git command-line tool, for example, requires more technical steps, which may be complicated to no-code users.
Through using Hutte, anyone can work with Git, make changes, and create pull requests – regardless of their role or knowledge.
So, what are you waiting for – get started with Git development and Hutte today.
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