Why GIT Doesn’t Work

GIT is great, but it is not without hazards! With great power comes a greater ability to screw up a simple workflow!

GIT was created to handle Linux development for developers of Linux Kernel in 2005 but that is not a problem for 99.9% of Salesforce projects actually using GIT in 2021. It is simply error-prone and over-engineered for most small and medium-sized Salesforce projects.

Version control systems help a Salesforce DevOps team manage and track changes over time, thus protecting the source code from catastrophe as well as degradation. Today the role of a version control system is not limited to just helping you have backups, but also enable developers to accelerate their deployment with enhanced efficiency and agility.

In fact, GIT was invented to solve one problem but ended up solving a different problem along the way. Although it is an industry-standard, GIT and Salesforce are certainly not a match made in heaven. Because of its power, it has become extremely complex and while most version control systems can wrap up the list of commands in a page or two, the Pro GIT book is a mammoth 550+ long. So why would you as a Salesforce developer use GIT? Just because it is popular and you want to look cool or probably your peers in the company are forcing you?

WHY IS GIT IS SO DAUNTING?

  • Non-Salesforce native tool

Salesforce has unique needs for release management and since GIT is not an integrated solution for Salesforce, the process is complex and has to be carefully managed. Moreover, since GIT is an external repository, processes like deployment become difficult to carry. A common complaint with GIT is that everything, literally everything is too slow since it requires many additional steps as compared to a native Salesforce version control, which can otherwise do it in minutes, not hours or days.

  • Too complex

GIT can be too complicated. The complexity of the GIT command line is the stuff of legend and syncing the codebase with GIT is one of the daily hassles of a Salesforce developer. It has a near-vertical learning curve, to the point where it can often be frustrating. Similarly, the arcane syntax makes it easy to mess things up as well as obtuse error handling that makes it extremely difficult to recover from, once things mess up. With GIT, you also need to understand the index, local repository, remote repository, treeishes and as it evolves, it is only getting more commands and documentation. Thus, instead of being a more approachable tool, it is actually making people more frustrated and has people asking where is the next better version control.

  • Complicated UX/ UI

GIT is not very usable for non-experts and its criticism often centers on the ease of use, especially of the latest UI. While it looks modern and fancy, the GIT UI is focused more on the open-source community rather than the regular Salesforce developers who have a more ‘Click and Deploy’ approach. Thus, when navigating around branches, releases, commits, etc., it can be frustrating and difficult to navigate because the commands are extremely complicated, inconsistent, and difficult to understand.

  • Written For Developers, By Developers

GIT is, therefore, both overly complex and requires experts to manage and maintain it. GIT does most operations with an over-reliance on the branch and merge, with little support for migration, file locking, or composite release as well as building, testing, promoting, and releasing. lacks sufficient modern tools to create production software.

Is there a better version control system for Salesforce?

As GIT evolves, instead of being an approachable tool, it is continuously making people more frustrated and alienating a major part of the developer community. Today, the need of the hour is a version control system that is specifically designed to be used by the wider Salesforce community, one that is built for and on Salesforce, rather than made specifically for the Kernel community. It should be designed keeping in mind the have broader Salesforce users in mind who prefer the ‘Click and Deploy’ approach rather than just be designed for a slice of the user population who are already comfortable with their terminals and coding.

Why A fully Salesforce native version control system is better?

A fully native version designed and developed with Salesforce in mind provides a fully integrated and secure repository within Salesforce. Flosum offers that and much more. While Flosum is fully integrated with GIT, it also offers a 100% native version control system, built specifically for Salesforce development, which smoothly handles the merging of declarative, programmatic, and complex components. It offers the same level of robust security, certification, and compliance that you would expect from the Salesforce platform. It further allows you to leverage the strengths of the Salesforce platform as well as controlling the source code better.

Why Flosum Version Control?

  1. Declarative Version Control with Intuitive UX

Flosum allows a lot of declarative configurations that include everything from Workflow, Formulas, Page Layouts, Profiles, RecordTypes, thus all the changes and processes can be put in place simply using ‘Clicks not Code’. As a native application, Flosum version control leverages Salesforce’s familiar UI for all actions which allows any salesforce developers to learn to manage it in no time.

  1. Robust Architecture

Flosum’s fully native Salesforce version control allows multiple Salesforce developers to collaborate as well as eliminates the complexities of installation and maintenance of external tools. This makes managing multiple streams of development easier as compared to working with GIT

  1. Compliance and Secure Repository

Flosum version control is built on Salesforce, thus, it adheres to the highest level of security and compliance that is synonymous with Salesforce. Moreover, since all storage is maintained and managed within Salesforce, it offers a secured repository. And that’s not all, it integrates seamlessly with other features of Flosum, like continuous integration and patch deployment for a comprehensive release management solution.

Ready to take your Salesforce deployment to the next level?

Salesforce must have version control and choosing a fully native version control such as Flosum ensures you meet compliance, eliminate the baggage of GIT, and achieve faster deployment. This is especially true for large enterprise teams that have many teams of Salesforce developers.

While GIT reduces performance and productivity as developers push and pull repos, Flosum allows Salesforce developers, administrators, and business analysts ease of use for full adoption. Flosum version control was built for speed, scale, and security. This translates into a faster feedback loop and helps developers, release managers, and the DevOps team save time and deploy faster.

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