So Why Do You Need Streams?
Big teams are working on even bigger projects. If you have thousands of contributors all branching and merging at the same time, it gets complicated, fast.
To avoid merge complications, developers might branch less. Companies spend time scripting tools to help with merging, and waste time documenting practices using an external tool. But there is an easier way.
Streams Helps You
Easily setup workspaces.
Switch between codelines
Solve Challenges With Perforce Streams
Streams makes life easier for everyone on your team. No external tools or scripts need. You can visualize how code flows. And admins can onboard new team members to complex projects fast.
- Superior Branching
- Enterprise Stability
- Visualize Development
- Simple Workspace Management
- Visual Tools + Commandline Support
Streams intelligently organizes thousands of codelines. It helps you branch more, and avoid painful merges. That’s because Streams ensures that change always flows in the right direction. Changes are merged down into a less stable codeline. When they are finished and tested, changes can be copied up.
The merge-down, copy-up best practice in Streams prevents errors and improves developer productivity. It also keeps your mainline protected. Immature code can be developed separate from the mainline.
And project managers and other stakeholders can quickly see what work has been completed, and the changes that still need to be integrated.
Streams offers visual indicators to let everyone on the team know where and how to branch. From project managers to developers, everyone can see:
- Relationships between code.
- How change is propagated between streams.
- Any pending integrations that need to be incorporated.
This eliminates extra work needed to define branches and manage integrations.
Simple Workspace Management
Setting up workspaces and mapping files takes time. With Perforce Streams, your development teams can switch between streams fast. It’s because their workspace knows what files are available depending on the stream.
This minimizes configuration time and project complexity. Teams can get right to work innovating their next project.
Visual Tools + Commandline Support
Perforce Streams is available in Helix Visual Client (P4V). It works on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Streams is also accessible right from the commandline. Streams also supports plugins for our most popular IDEs, integration tools, and APIs.
Perforce Streams Types To Match Your Workflow
Perforce Streams supports a variety of codeline development approaches, from traditional to lightweight to virtual methodologies. No matter how your teams get things done, Perforce Streams is flexible and works how you do.
Keep your codeline stable and organized using a mainline stream. Child development streams can be copied up into the mainline. Then code can be pushed out to a release stream.
Release streams are less flexible than the parent mainline stream. They are designed to be stable and are used for bug fixing and release maintenance.
Used for long-term projects and major new features, development streams are where your teams get things done.
Perforce task streams are lightweight, short-lived branches. They are designed for developers work on a small portion of a full project branch.
So, developers can work privately and switch contexts quickly. When finished, only the metadata for the changed files (along with any changes) gets merged back into the stream.
Serving as a workspace filter, virtual streams allow teams to focus on a portion of the codeline. This is incredibly valuable for enterprises that have hundreds of thousands of files in their code base.
You can use them to access to certain files from the parent stream. So, if you only need to work on two files in a project, you don’t need to have the entire stream in a workspace.
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Helix Core’s powerful and lightweight branching strategy – Perforce Streams – simplifies workflows based on best practices. Learn how to manage concurrent development while eliminating obstacles.
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