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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Summary

Change is the defining characteristic of software. That change—that adaptation—begins with release. Release is the beginning of the software’s true life; everything before that release is gestation. Either systems grow over time, adapting to their changing environment, or they decay until their costs outweigh their benefits and then die.

Footnotes

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I have to admire any author who can enthrall me with eighteen pages on the emergence of the fork.

[112]

See http://www.martinfowler.com/articles/injection.html.

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An early warning sign of these organizations will be data-flow diagrams or giant Zachman Framework charts.

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See ActiveRecord::Migration in RDoc.

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