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Build Master, The: Microsoft’s Software Configuration Management Best Practices by Vincent Maraia

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Chapter 5. Build Tools and Technologies

 

Philosophy: Technology and tools are useful and powerful when they are your servant and not your master.

 
 --Steven R. Covey, author, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

So many tools are available, free or at a cost, that it would be difficult to discuss all of them in this book, much less in a single chapter. Instead, I’ll describe some tools that have been effective in my experience with builds and focus on two aspects of builds that are essential to automating your processes: scripting and binary generating (build) tools. When possible, I give links to the free tools or references of where you can download them.

Just like the earlier Covey quote, the approach in this chapter is that tools are just ...

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