Customizing or extending third-party "vendor" source code is becoming increasingly common especially with the availability of open source software. Managing the incorporation of vendor releases alongside customizations requires an additional layer of configuration management. Traditional branch-based software configuration management (SCM) tools require an unnecessarily complex branch and merge process. This article describes a more intuitive and efficient parallel development model for managing customizations to vendor code.
Managing Vendor Code Customizations with Stream-based SCM
Why Streams Are Easier than Traditional Branches