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Managing Visual Builder Code with Developer Cloud Service

Shay Shmeltzer
Director of Product Management - Oracle
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Developer Cloud Service (DevCS for short) is a foundation service in the Oracle Cloud that provides you with a full cloud platform to manage agile development processes and automate DevOps cycles. It is available for every Oracle Cloud customer.

One key capability (that is actually offered for free as part of your Oracle cloud subscription) is Git based repositories that you can create to manage the code of your application. In this blog we are going to show you how to leverage Visual Builder's built in integration with DevCS to manage your code lifecycle in these Git repositories.

A full introduction to Git and the way you work with it - specifically the gitflow approach to code management is outside the scope of this blog. But since Git is the most popular version management solution out there - you can find many internet tutorials that will teach you how to implement these methodologies. 

With the git integration in VBCS developing application in teams with multiple developers and multiple tasks is much more organized. In addition you have a full view of the code changes in your application and the ability to easily manage versions.

In the video below we teach you some of the basic steps including:

  • Creating a DevCS project with a default Git repository
  • Connecting VBCS to DevCS and to a specific Git branch
  • Pushing code into the repository
  • Creating branches
  • Pulling and importing code from repostiories
  • Viewing code changes in DevCS

The main concept to understand is that with this development approach, the app code source of truth becomes the git repository in DevCS. Developers then pull/import the code from that place to local copies in their DevCS development environment, where they can continue to develop it pushing changes back to the central repository.

There is much more that you can do with DevCS and VBCS including managing and tracking issues, agile development processes and even automating the publishing of your applications. We'll cover these in upcoming blog entries.

For more tips on using Developer Cloud Service see the DevCS documentation including the tutorials

P.S. - note that if the user that you are using to access DevCS is federated from another place (such as in SSO situations) it won't be able to access the Git Repo. So instead create a new user in IDCS that will specifically be used for these tasks.

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