Modern software development cycle contains an iterative process to complete a project. Within this life cycle, various version of the same build is being made for repeated checking and delivering of the updated product to the market or client. So, in that case, someone or a team has to keep managing track of these files based on the date of build, time and contents written within. It is a hectic task to manage everything by a human, so to automate these kinds of tasks, there came up in the market certain categories of software that reduces human effort and manages the changes made in code or project over the time.
What is Version Control?
Version Control is particular software categories for managing code or project modification and these track of the change in projects are stored in special kind of database, where it facilitates developers and collaborators to turn back in case any mistake is made. And the smart thing about this system is you do not have to keep repeatedly any backup of your project. Moreover, these changes to mistake do not affect the other team members who are in collaboration with this project.
More about Version Control
For a developer team, there project files and source code is the treasure which at any code need not be affected. Hence, this precious asset must be protected. Version control does that for you; along with that, it protects your code as well as other project files from getting degraded by casual human error or catastrophe change by an unintended consequence.
If you have done a proper software development or have seen the structure of an appropriate project of software, you will notice that these project files are arranged in sequence and tidy fashion. For example, all source codes are in one folder, and images and snapshots are in another folder which is again containing a subdirectory of separate images and snapshots. All media files of that project are stored in another folder. This structure is called the "file tree". And in most of the cases when multiple developers work on the same project, the project work is divided into different members. Some get involved in fixing vulnerabilities and bugs in an application while others keep on continuing the development part of the project. Each developer does changes in various parts of that same project. There comes the role of version control, which helps the team solve this kind of issues where it keeps track of every change made by every individual along with date and time and prevent concurrent or repeated work of developers.
So version control software plays a lead role in day to day software development cycle and makes workability of modern developers' professional life tidy.