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The evolution of configuration management and version control

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3 Author(s)
Ambriola, V. ; Dipartimento di Matematica e Inf., Voline Univ., Italy ; Bendix, L. ; Ciancarini, P.

The activities of configuration management and version control are particularly important for software engineers, since during most of a system lifecycle they have to deal with a growing number of versions of a single component, and to rebuild the complete system in different ways using different components. These tasks are repetitive and trivial, and they require a lot of manual work and accuracy. The paper shows how the problem of automating these activities has been solved in a number of software development environments. It describes the evolution of systems for configuration management and version control from simple stand-alone tools, such as make and SCCS (based on an underlying file system), towards more integrated systems based on a project database

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Software Engineering Journal  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 6 )