Helix VCS

Helix VCS

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Perforce Helix is an industrial-strength version control platform that supports distributed and centralized workflows. Perforce Helix eliminates the complexity of large-scale, distributed product development—allowing you to build products faster, at scale, while protecting your valuable IP.

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Helix VCS review by <span>AJ J.</span>
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scalable enterprise solution for version control

What do you like best?

User friendly graphical tools like the Revision Graph and file history graphs.

Securely manageable single repository as well as large repositories that delivers files quickly to distributed teams.

Efficient and effect support.

I think using the graphical interface to perforce (p4v) is a more effective way to work with perforce for most users. It makes it much easier to manage multiple workspaces, change lists, branch mappings, merging and most other functions.

Time lapse tool is just fantastic

I can not live without side-by-side diff tool at a mouse click

Command line tools are powerful but needs little more experience, that comes with time.

Applying the scripts is making daily work easy.

What do you dislike?

nitial learning is slightly rough when you come from GIT background, as you pick it up, it becomes fun. I watched online videos from basic to advanced level and now I am comfortable using it. Everyday there is something I learn from my coworkers.

Setting up Helix server is rigorous at the first go, but if you it once, then next time it is straight forward.

Recommendations to others considering the product

User-friendly

scalable

easily manageable

Good for large distributed teams

Merging and branching a piece of cake

File history easy to access

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

fast source code access in agile environments where each branch exists for short time period as we prefer to branch out, implement the functionality and then merge it back to main. We prefer short lived branches and frequent mergers than long waited mergers.

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Helix VCS review by <span>Lennart K.</span>
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Powerful versioning engine with excellent graphical interface

What do you like best?

There are excellent graphical tools like the Revision Graph and the Merge Tool included.

The possibility to automate and access by scripts using command line and various API's is very useful.

There is very good support and knowledge base available.

The Swarm add-on to Perfore is exellent for collaboration and reviews but it actually should be even more tightly integrated as part of the basic product rater than an add-on.

Perforce is very good at handling large files and large repos efficiently.

What do you dislike?

The concept of a workspace and checking out files is non-intuitive and confusing to new users who are used to Git.

The convienient way of doing Rollback/Backout is good but it is very problematic when it comes to integration records (merges).

Server administration and setup gets a bit complicated when you need more advanced features like replication, broker, SSL-support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need to take the time to understand the concepts and the features as traditional Perforce differs from Git.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Versioning of various types of development artifacts - all types of data.

What Version Control Systems solution do you use?

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Helix VCS review by <span>Richard G.</span>
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Affortable source control solution with good visual interface that ease my software development.

What do you like best?

Graph and History give a very interesting visual information about source changes.

Customisation via scripts at submit or via P4Broker make the tool very flexible.

Merge tool is good visually and it works well to integrate changes from multiple branches, it is very functional.

Integration with Visual Studio IDE, SlickEdit, and other programming IDE is good.

What do you dislike?

Labels are too easy to change, it cannot be used to identify official release for us.

The fact that directory are not a controlled object in Helix (at least when not using Streams) force us to create dummy files to introduce file architecture for a project.

It would also be good support directory link, like Linux system (this is maybe possible with Workspace views but it was not that easy or even not functionning for our projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very interesting tool for multiple OS platforms. Good visual interface and command-line interface (plus API's to Python, C/C++). This tool can be extended quite easily to enforce our processes within the whole developpement teams.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Good collaboration among team members and track all changes to our code.

Il also allows us to perform efficient code reviews by shelving files with changes, without disturbing other developpers working in our branch.

Reconciling changes made locally during customer site-support is very good to keep all changes performed away from the office and submitting the changes once returning from these interventions.

Helix VCS review by <span>Murray H.</span>
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Fast and Reliable

What do you like best?

Perforce (Helix) is one of the best source control providers for medium to large projects and companies, especially those who need tight security. Their product suite has expanded to cover other needs like code inspections and git services which make it a more complete solution.. Many top tier companies rely on it, The ability to handle very large files is a must for us. They offer a free tier for up to 5 users which is a great way to get started. Every time i have dealt with support they have been fast, efficient and often local. They are not afraid to reinvent themselves which in this market with competitors such as git and microsoft team services is a must. They also offer service licences which is good to not have to use admin accounts for core services.

What do you dislike?

While they offer the main perforce server on windows, other services must be deployed to Linux machines such as gitfusion. Setting up some of these services require a lot of experience and I had to have a few support calls (which were some of the best I've had and local to my country Australia) to get going.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try out the free tier to see if it meets your business needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using perforce for source control management storing code, documents and binaries. We also use Swarm to manage our source code reviewing process. We were able to consolidate and move away from multiple vendors like our previous Code Collaborator program. We have dabbled in using their git solution for a few of our smaller projects.

Helix VCS review by <span>Gabor M.</span>
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Enterprise level source control which can truly scale - and you can talk to it via Git

What do you like best?

Helix is a state of the art tool which allows a lot of flexibility and is very fast. Many of the recent releases put out by Perforce Software, the maker of Helix, have given it similar capabilities to Git: distributed VCS aspects, the ability of using a Git client through Git Fusion, or the ability to connect it to GitLab, a solution similar to GitHub or BitBucket.

The level of support offered with a Helix license is unparalleled. Bugs are fixed in a timely fashion and each major release brings about many exciting new features.

What do you dislike?

The initial learning curve is a tiny bit steeper than some of the other version control solutions. The concept of workspaces takes a little effort to fully understand, but it is workspaces which also make Helix more flexible than some of the other solutions out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Safeguarding of intellectual property while providing fast source code access in agile environments.

Helix VCS review by <span>Brian H.</span>
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Solid core server product

What do you like best?

The visual interface is mostly intuitive. I think they are still working to bring the visual client in line with the server product's feature set so I expect things to improve as time goes on. They have made large changes to their offerings and while it's taking a bit to get things sorted it seems like they are heading in a good direction. Visual interface has a plethora of tools to visualize the changes in your code lines to see what has changed and when and by whom.

Perforce Support has been really good and helpful in resolving issues we've encountered as well as helping me get up to speed on administering their product.

What do you dislike?

The visual client seems to have multiple ways to accomplish certain things which leads to confusion as to which is the correct way to go about things. Not everything is intuitive and I've found myself digging on more than one occasion at first for how to do something. Once you're situated though it's not so bad and things are pretty simple to operate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting out of ClearCases managed network filesystems which gave us very slow performance for our developers. Perforce is much faster because it stores things locally in a workspace. It allows easy importing of other modules into your code line as well.

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