Saturday, 13 August 2011

Checking out the Google code project

The Google code project uses Subversion for its version control system. Wikipedia defines  version control as
"any practice that tracks and provides control over changes to source code. Software    developers sometimes use revision control software to maintain documentation and            configuration files as well as source code."
In our case we need to use TortoiseSVN as the client program to download the source code from the Google Subversion servers, this is called "checking out" the code.
To check out the code select the directory you want to download it to. Right click on the directory and select SVN Checkout in the context menu.
 Now we need to point SVN to the Google servers by entering the URL 
into the "URL of repository field". We can just use the defaults for the rest as seen below.

After clicking OK, it will download all the source code into the directory you selected. We now have all of the source code needed to compile and run the project.

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