Oh wow, yes.
I use both SVN and Git and I cannot tell you how many times they've saved my ass. More Git than SVN, but let's not start flamewars here. This is on projects I work on by myself, as well as projects I work on with other people. No excuse not to, really.
As a human, I'm basically entitled to do stupid shit all the time. By using version control, I can merrily carry on my way doing awesome things and committing at intervals where it makes sense. When I do something incredibly stupid then I can simply rollback my changes to the last point where I committed. Even with Git, I can roll back specific chunks of changes to a file rather than the whole file.
My version-control (ab?)using work flow, as a Rails developer (and yes, I know you use C#, same flow applies. Just sub my
git commands for your
tfs commands), goes like this for a brand new project:
- Grab a new feature off Pivotal Tracker and figure out what the hell it's supposed to do. Also known as Client-to-English translation.
- Create a brand new directory for the project and then immediately:
git add .
git commit -m "Initial setup for [project]"
git remote add origin [email protected]:radar/project.git
git push origin master
I now have a Git repository ready for me to commit to, with a
master branch. This
master branch should always remain "pure". The tests should always be 100%-passing-no-excuses-or-somebody's-going-to-get-fired-slash-very-badly-injured-did-I-mention-no-excuses on this branch. If the feature is adequately complex enough (taking me longer than an hour or two or if the change is going to be more than a single, sensible commit) I will create my own branch using
git checkout -b [feature-name], if not I will work on master.
In this branch, I can do whatever the hell I like.
master's still going to be "pure" and I can effectively trash the place and then
git checkout . to get it all back. It's in this branch that I develop the new feature, making incremental, sensible commits along the way. Made a page where a user can fill in a form and then something to handle that form? That's a commit. Added a new function to a class and tested it? New commit. I may be inclined to push this branch up somewhere so other people can work with me on it, in which case I would
git push origin [feature-name] and then they could clone the repository and
git checkout origin/[feature-name] -b [feature-name] to get my changes and we could work together on it.
When I'm done with the feature, I run the tests on the [feature-name] branch. Then, I can go back into the
master branch, make sure everything's still "pure" by running the tests, and then
git merge [feature-name] to merge the branch into master. Then I run the tests again to make sure it's still "pure" (remember, no excuses) and finally I push my changes to the
master branch on GitHub.
Without version control, I would be utterly lost. I would do stupid shit and then spend quite a lot of time manually rolling it back and not being sure if I've got it all or not. Version control is a great tool to prevent stupidity (as is testing, but that's a tangential topic) and I really, really strongly encourage it.