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

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Chapter 6. SNAP Builds—aka Integration Builds

 

Philosophy: The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

 
 --Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation

One technology that Microsoft has developed that I have not seen at any other customer site is the SNAP build system. After reading this chapter, you might say, “Our group does these types of builds, but we call them integration or continuous builds.” That is fine; call it whatever you like. I have seen similar tools at some customer sites, but none is fully automated or developed as well as the SNAP system. Perhaps ...

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