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Ship it! by William A. Gwaltney, Jared Richardson

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14 Send Code Change Notifications

When you edit code, an automatic build system can notice the change and rebuild the project (see 4, Build Automatically ). Your next step is to publish that information so that every member of the team knows what changed.

A change notification system pushes this information out to your entire shop, not just your immediate co-workers. The effect from this type of knowledge sharing can be quite amazing.

Similar to Alistair Cockburn’s “information radiators,” (see the sidebar Information Radiators ) you are making information available. Your team can use it or ignore it, but the information is being put out there for you. In fact, this practice doesn’t make you fetch the data; it pushes it to your desktop. ...

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