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Ship it! by William A. Gwaltney, Jared Richardson

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1 Develop in a Sandbox

How do you share code with your teammates? A surprising number of teams never answer this question explicitly and instead just get a big, old shared disk drive, with all of their source code and other files lying around. Any act by any developer—from simply editing a file to compiling code—will instantly affect every other developer on the team. Their life is now filled with constant, unpleasant surprises.

It’s just like a crowded kitchen on Thanksgiving, with everyone throwing something else into the mix, and it makes for a pretty frustrating work environment. While many teams continue to operate this way, you can take a safer and more professional stand. This will have a deep effect on your tools and infrastructure, ...

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