Starting with Mercurial distributed source control management tool on Windows
I am starting to use Mercurialfor my personal projects. At the moment I use it only locally to be able to experience it but also to be able to try thing and revert easily to previous state.
This let me work directly from a PowerShell window, Windows Explorer or Visual Studio.
To add a project to Mercurial from the PowerShell I used the following commands:
PS E:\Personal\Projects_Spikes\DynApplication> hg init
Then I created in the same folder a file named .hgignore, excluding file or folder which I don’t want to version in my C# project:
You are ready then to add files of your project to Mercurial with
PS E:\Personal\Projects_Spikes\DynApplication> hg add
Then you need to commit the files
PS E:\Personal\Projects_Spikes\DynApplication> hg commit –m “Initital commit”
That’s it your files are under Mercurial source control.
To get started with Mercurial I recommend you to read Hg Init: a Mercurial tutorial!
If you need some hosting there is bitbucket, which has been bought by Atlassian recently. And it is free for 5 users. For more user you will have to pay, but it is a reasonable price.
You might also use Codeplex for your open source project which supports Mercurial !