I need a suggestion for a code comparison tool.
- It should be able to compare a website code with a local copy (via FTP)
- It should be able to visualize the source code highlighting the differences
- It should be able to synchronize the oldest with the newest
- It should be able to filter out unwanted files and folder (images/cache/database etc) - just code -
Preferences are for a freeware tool, of course, but a small sum could be allocated from the budget.
The client PC is a Windows system, but, of course, the server side could be anything that supports FTP.
To better precise the requirements I should add that those above are pretty indispensable in my context. I work from the home desktop, from a notebook when away and sometime also from the office dev desktop. It is increasingly difficult to keep everything in synch and trace all the changes. Finding the right tool that let me see the difference with the testing live site and the various development machines is a must.
Of course the comparison should be made on the folders content starting from the root of the site but excluding folders for images and other non coding data to not waste time on files that I usually don't touch.