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

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Chapter 11. International Builds

 

Philosophy: Change before you have to.

 
 --Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric

Most people would agree that it is more efficient to plan ahead and build something once rather than having to rip it apart later and retrofit it. Every line of core code that needs re-engineering (or “remedial engineering”) later on is a wasted expense, a potential bug, and a lost opportunity.

If you ask most developers, the majority of them would probably agree that inheriting someone else’s code is never fun. It is rather painful at best. It is usually easier to develop the code from scratch than to figure out how someone else solved a coding problem and which routines they chose to do it with. After all, we all ...

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