Even as single developer, version control is invaluable.
- for tracking down bugs
- for developing features in separate branches
- for freezing published software and applying fixes independent of the ongoing work
- for just throwing away recent work that has gone into the wrong direction
- for looking up older implementations
- for freezing milestones
Yeah I can see that. but that implies a lot of skill, knowledge and experience with a version control system. I had so many conflicts and many times destroyed the whole repository that I just got burned too much to trust such a system. I do backup old versions of my code as zip files with time stamps. I wouldnt use branches because while someone skilled sees them as incredible useful, I only see them as adding a lot of risk.
So basically: If you are really good with those systems, I would agree.
1. "Implies a lot of skill" - No. The basics are simple as shit and already infinitely imporoves your workflow.
2. "Those systems" - No, we're not talking about 10 year old centralized SVN tomfoolery here.
3. "I had so many conflicts and many times destroyed the whole repository that I just got burned too much to trust such a system." - Tea, Rocket launchers and barbie dolls makes as much sense as what you just said.
Nobody cares what anyone uses personally - but please don't spread misinformation based on almost a decade old prejudiced experiences.
Throwing around tarballs was viable and even preferred well over half a decade ago but times have changed. And for the better, too. Sweet silky smooth baby jesus they have.