Chapter 4. Building Software at Every Change

Building Software at Every Change
 

The whole damn universe has to be taken apart, brick by brick, and reconstructed.

 
 --HENRY MILLER, AMERICAN WRITER AND PAINTER (1891–1980)

In the early 1900s, workers on the Ford assembly line manufactured cars by hand. A Model T took several days to create. Today, cars are infinitely more complex than the Model T, yet they now take a fraction of the time to assemble. Why is this? The answer is simple: automation. The automobile manufacturing industry has removed humans from repetitive tasks and replaced them with robots. So, too, can time-consuming tasks within a software process be mechanized using ...

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