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Eric Roberts
06/05/2006 08:50 PM

Many places don't allow a copy for security reasons.  Many of us are working with sensitive data, so having a copy of the DB is out of the question...think of the recent VA scandal and why having a copy of data can be a really bad idea.   As far as FTP being plain text...well so is a cfm, htm, asp, css, js, etc... file ;-)  There is also a binary transfer for binary files like images and compiled code.  FTP is an accepted and very standardized protocol.  I have never seen different ways of ftp'ing...it's all, well, FTP.  Not sure where you get that from.  The interface and setup may be different, but the protocol is all the same, so there is nothing to code for, other than the CFFTP tag ;-)   I do a lot of consulting work, so some of my stuff is on my own.  I have also worked on 50 member teams and everything in between.  I have considerable experience using visual source safe and a version control that is native to UNIX, whose name is escaping me at the moment (that may be purposeful...I try to forget UNIX as much as possible hehehe)  I like having a test server and in most shops I do, so that if I piss off Odin one day and lightning strikes my system, I have another copy somewhere.  I also keep a local copy and when I can, a copy on disk/thumbdrive,  for an extra measure of security when the company I am working for doesn't use a versioning tool...at least I know I will have 1 version back. One of these days, when I get a server that is worth investing in, I will prolly set up a repository for my work.  The POS that I have now will be lucky to still be running in the near future.  I am working on getting a good laptop to replace my desktop and once that happens, my desktop will become my local testing server.  It has enough juice to do a good job of it. Hailisa, Eric MMA Eric! > > Actually...things are quite the opposite with many developers also > working from home.  Most of the time we don't have access to the data > locally from db's that are either at the company's site or at their > host.  That is why ftp is important.  I do a lot of consulting work > where I am not at the client's site on a regular basis...sometimes > even completely doing it from home. They shouldn't be quite the opposite (if you ask me, but I'm just some dude). SVN lets you have a local repository.  Most DBs make it pretty easy to synchronize subsets of data, so there's no reason not to have some locally. And if you're FTPing stuff, you do know that it's all in plain text, and that FTP is one of the worst standards for file transfer?  Every freaking FTP server does it it's own way. Real easy to code for, neh? All that data you're sending to your clients is basically in plain view for anyone who's looking for it. I would strongly recommend (and this is coming from someone who has been doing quite a bit of work from home lately) you start a local SVN repository, just for your own sake (it's really freaking awesome!), and maybe start using a tool like rsync or at least an SSH/webDAV plugin for data transfer (if you can't connect to a remote repository). ESPECIALLY since you're probably crossing networks and such to get data to your client's machines (dunno, maybe you have a T1 straight to "client central" *giggles*). You must be a "lone coder" sorta like myself... someday tho, mark my words, you'll have to work with people who know what they're doing, maybe even as part of a team, so knowing this stuff is good if that ever happens (even if it's just the team part :). I think the real fact of the matter is that CF is a language that makes it easy to "just do it", and that's why you've got so many people who never learn the "why" part, or whatever, till they have to.  A general observation, not directed. I love the fact that if my laptop took a flying leap off a tall building, all my code (all 25675 iterations of it) would still be safe, and instantly available from another workstation. What's cool is if you got an old machine just sitting around in your home -- Use it for a SVN repository!  Even if your clients don't use VC, you will, and you'll LOVE IT! I swear! Sorry for trying to convert you while saying it's ok to stay how you are. I'm just a dork.  -- And I have issues - I deal with someone I'm on a team with who is just dragging their feet on the whole "dev and test local, upload to dev, THEN production" (we still don't have QA:). So don't think I'm assuming you don't test local and all that jazz. (my person who is lagging just moaned and moaned when I turned off FTP, so it's linked sorta, in my head- whoops! My bad.) 'Probably cuz I'm a virgo-cusp, and you know how those cuspers are. So if any negative vibes comes through, it's a personal issue, not related to anything. (see, I suck, real doods don't let that happen). Peace be with you (apologies for rehashing an age old issue, CF-T!) & one love, :Denizen


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