Git for M3 Web Services

Here is a preliminary illustration on how to use Git version control system with M3 Web Services Designer to manage changes to web services versions in multi-developer distributed projects. Since the M3 Web Services repository points to a folder of XML files it should be possible to use any revision control software like CVS, Subversion, Git, TFS, etc. Here I illustrate Git with some screenshots.

Install Git

  1. Download and install Git from
  2. I use the default options and Next > Next > … > Finish:
  3. Start Git GUI from the Windows Start menu:

M3 Web Service Repository

  1. Let’s suppose we have a remote M3 Web Service Repository at \\collaboration\MWS\Repository\ with our metadata files:
  2. And let’s suppose we want to manage those files in Git.
  3. For that, we’ll take that existing directory and import it into Git.

Create a Git Repository

  1. In Git GUI select Create New Repository:
  2. Enter the path to the web service repository, for example \\collaboration\MWS\Repository\ :
  3. Git GUI shows the files in the Unstaged state:
  4. Selection Edit > Options to identify ourselves:
  5. Enter your User Name and Email Address:
  6. Select Commit > Stage Changed Files To Commit (CTRL-I) to add a snapshot of the files to the staging area, and click Yes to confirm:
  7. The files are now in the Staged state:
  8. Enter an Initial Commit Message and select Commit:
  9. The files are now permanently committed and safely stored in the Git Repository:
  10. And the folder now contains a hidden .git folder:

Install EGit for Eclipse

  1. Let’s install EGit for Eclipse on one of the developer’s computer (you’ll repeat these steps for each developer in your team):
  2. Start MWS Designer and discard the web service repository location to avoid confusion for now:
  3. Select Help > Install New Software:
  4. Select the default Eclipse site, for example Kepler – , filter for Git, and select Eclipse Git Team Provider:
  5. Click Next > Next > … > Finish and restart Eclipse for the changes to take effect.
  6. Select Window > Open Perspective > Other > Git Repository Exploring:
  7. It will switch to the Git Repository Exploring:
  8. Repeat the steps for each developer in your team.

Clone the Git Repository

Now we’ll clone the Git Repository to get a local copy of it:

  1. In the Git Repository Exploring, select Clone a Git repository.
  2. Enter the path to the remote Git Repository, for example: \\collaboration\MWS\Repository\ and click Next:
  3. Keep the default master branch and click Next:
  4. Select a local destination, for example C:\MWS\Repository\ and click Finish:
  5. EGit will show the Repository and the Working Directory:
  6. You now have a copy of the web service metadata files in your local directory with a hidden .git folder:
  7. In Eclipse, switch back to the MWS Designer perspective.
  8. Select New Repository Location and enter the cloned Git repository, for example: C:\MWS\Repository\ and click Finish:
  9. Your MWS Designer now has a local copy of the web services:
  10. Repeat for the other developers in your team.

That’s as far as I got for now.

After that I was able to create a branch and make changes. But I got an error when I tried to merge my changes; EGit seems to truncate the path to my shared folder and not recognize it anymore. I’ll explore more about it later.

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ex- M3 Technical Consultant

2 thoughts on “Git for M3 Web Services”

  1. Hi Thibaud,

    i am developing the WS SQL and its works fine from LWS editor but when i need to call it from some client I am unable to do so.I am using excel macro to do so but its not working .
    Please help if you could.Thanks in advance!!


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