Treat Development as Maintenance

[article]
Lifecycle Best Practices
Member Submitted

revert a change to a supporting source module, especially if you weren't sure it changed. Your refactoring may change the directory locations of files in the build so now the project .MAK has changed since last release and thus needs to be promoted. What if a trial refactoring that didn't work out? Your team deserves all the change bookkeeping assistance that your SCM tools can give you.

My experience is that the current tools and integrated development environments do support these situations pretty well, but only if you take the time to configure them for these maintenance cycle processes before you start cutting code. Retrofitting SCM and compiler options across all the teams' PCs is not fun, and is just plain disruptive.

About the author

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor

The opinions and positions expressed within these guest posts are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the TechWell Community Sites. Guest authors represent that they have the right to distribute this content and that such content is not violating the legal rights of others. If you would like to contribute content to a TechWell Community Site, email editors@techwell.com.

AgileConnection is one of the growing communities of the TechWell network.

Featuring fresh, insightful stories, TechWell.com is the place to go for what is happening in software development and delivery.  Join the conversation now!