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  • Hi

    I have created a VB project and have completed the GUI.

    The project builds and runs OK on my PC.

    I now need to pass the project to my colleague who will write the code to support the GUI.

    The project files exist on my PC in directory C:\Users\PT\Favourites\Desktop\Work2018\Visual Basic\DownConv

    How can I send the project to my colleague so that it will run on his PC?

    Thanks for your help

    Peter Trueman


    Peter Trueman

    Friday, August 10, 2018 1:39 PM

Answers

  • Use some form of source control as Karen indicates.  GitHub at a minimum is free and generally easy enough to use (there's a mild learning curve but it is well documented).

    If you send the project off as a Zip file it will very quickly become difficult to keep up with changes made by one user or the other.  With source control, this is automatically tracked for you.


    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"

    • Marked as answer by PeterTrueman Friday, August 10, 2018 8:34 PM
    Friday, August 10, 2018 3:05 PM

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  • A better way is to setup the Visual Solution in Visual Studio Online. (it's free for what you are doing).

    This way you both can work on the same project by checking out/checking in code along with changesets where changsets allow you to see who did what and also revert to a prior changeset.

    Another way is using git via team solution explorer in Visual Studio.

    Both of the above require later versions of Visual Studio.

    Another alternate is to seek out another version control software.

    Otherwise (and unwise) is to zip the solution up, send in email, bounce changes back and forth to each other.


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    Friday, August 10, 2018 2:17 PM
  • A simple way is to Zip the entire project folder (the one you show with the .sln file in it?) into a zip file and email it to your colleague.

    They need to unzip it and can then run the sln (visual studio project) in the folder. You can both change the project folder name if needed. Dont change any other names below that.

    On the destination system you need to tell any antivirus that the files are ok. You need to tell Visual Studio the files are ok.

    You need to be careful of differences in the windows system and the visual studio versions on the systems etc.

    There are more advanced ways too I suppose?

    Friday, August 10, 2018 2:18 PM
  • Use some form of source control as Karen indicates.  GitHub at a minimum is free and generally easy enough to use (there's a mild learning curve but it is well documented).

    If you send the project off as a Zip file it will very quickly become difficult to keep up with changes made by one user or the other.  With source control, this is automatically tracked for you.


    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"

    • Marked as answer by PeterTrueman Friday, August 10, 2018 8:34 PM
    Friday, August 10, 2018 3:05 PM
  • Thanks all.

    Peter


    Peter Trueman

    Friday, August 10, 2018 8:34 PM
  • Thanks all.

    Peter


    Peter Trueman

    Interesting that you marked another reply that indicated the same as I did before them.

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    Friday, August 10, 2018 8:52 PM
  • Thanks all.

    Peter


    Peter Trueman

    Interesting that you marked another reply that indicated the same as I did before them.

    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help, this will help others who are looking for solutions to the same or similar problem. Contact via my Twitter (Karen Payne) or Facebook (Karen Payne) via my MSDN profile but will not answer coding question on either.
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    Interesting that you are so worried about it.  You got the helpful suggestion points...  Was it really worth making a post about?

    Maybe they clicked on Last Reply and saw mine first.  Maybe mine was worded more appropriately for them to find the most value.  Who knows why... I did indicate that you mentioned source control first (and proposed your post as answer).

    But at the end of the day, what difference does it really make?  We are here to ensure that people find the information they need, not see who can get the highest point count... the site for that is https://stackoverflow.com/


    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"

    Friday, August 10, 2018 9:48 PM
  • Thanks all.

    Peter


    Peter Trueman

    Interesting that you marked another reply that indicated the same as I did before them.

    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help, this will help others who are looking for solutions to the same or similar problem. Contact via my Twitter (Karen Payne) or Facebook (Karen Payne) via my MSDN profile but will not answer coding question on either.
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    Interesting that you are so worried about it.  You got the helpful suggestion points...  Was it really worth making a post about?

    Maybe they clicked on Last Reply and saw mine first.  Maybe mine was worded more appropriately for them to find the most value.  Who knows why... I did indicate that you mentioned source control first (and proposed your post as answer).

    But at the end of the day, what difference does it really make?  We are here to ensure that people find the information they need, not see who can get the highest point count... the site for that is https://stackoverflow.com/


    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"

    Hi Reed, I was simply curious, nothing more :-)

    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help, this will help others who are looking for solutions to the same or similar problem. Contact via my Twitter (Karen Payne) or Facebook (Karen Payne) via my MSDN profile but will not answer coding question on either.
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    Friday, August 10, 2018 10:11 PM