Visual Studio with SourceTree

When working on long or complicated projects, source control can save a lot of heartache. Git is becoming the standard source control tool, and I use a program by Atlassian called SourceTree to easily manage my repositories. In this blog post, I’m going to set up a repository (uesually shortened to “repo”) on Github and SourceTree with a homework assignment from my Advanced Game Programming class.

The first step is to make a GitHub account:

Once you’re in, create a new repo

Name it and initialize with a README.md. This will ensure that we can immediately set it up with SourceTree. (I’m making mine private as well, because this will be a homework assignment for me. Students get five free private repos, and can sign up for this here).

Now keep that webpage open and install Sourcetree from its website.

Click Clone/New

Go back to the website where you crreated the repo and look for the HTTPS clone URL on the right. Click the button beside it to copy the address to your clipboard.

In SourceTree, copy that address to the field named Souce Path/URL.

Click the Name field to make sure it’s populated, and make sure the destination folder is satisfactory. Now, click Clone!

We now have a practically empty ropo. Open it in Explorer:

Now you can put whatever you want in here, and it will be backed up. Place something (I’m putting the beginnings of my homework) there and switch back to SourceTree. You’ll see whatever you added.

Click Unstaged files to add ‘em all, or right click a file and select Ignore if you don’t want it included (creating a .gitignore file). Add a “Commit Message”, check the box next to Push changes immedeately to origin/master, and click Commit.

Now, whenever you edit your project, SourceTree will know, and you can commit it. It’s beyond the scope of this tutorial, but you will also be able to branch your project, revert to previous branches, and easily share your project with peers.

Some notes:

  • If you get stuck in the GUI, and someone online offers a command-line solution to your problem, click the Terminal button to try it out.
  • SourceTree also uses a global “.gitignore” file. Edit it from Tools (on the top menue bar), Options, and the Git tab. I had to edit it becasue my project included .dll files,