: Designing a Scalable Build Process

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: Designing a Scalable Build Process
Modern software codebases are frequently large, heterogeneous, and constantly evolving. The languages and tools for software construction, including code builds and configuration management, have not been well-studied. Developers are often faced with using 1) older tools (like make) that do not scale well, 2) custom build scripts that tend to be fragile, or 3) proprietary tools that are not portable. In this paper, we study the build issue as a domain-specific programming problem. There are a number of challenges that are unique to the domain of build systems. We argue that a central goal is compositionality--that is, it should be possible to specify a software component in isolation and add it to a project with an assurance that the global specification will not be compromised. The next important goal is to cover the full range of complexity--from allowing very concise specifications for the most common cases to providing the flexibility to encompass projects with unusual needs. Depen...
Jason Hickey, Aleksey Nogin
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where FASE
Authors Jason Hickey, Aleksey Nogin
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