A Branching/Merging Strtegy for Parallel Software Development

  • Jim Buffenbarger
  • Kirk Gruell
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1675)

Abstract

In many software configuration management (SCM) systems, brnching and merging are fundamental operations, supporting isolation and integration respectively. Unfortunately, the obvious branching and merging strategies have unpleasant consequences. This paper presents a less obvious branching and merging strategy, for parallel software development, which does not suffer these cosequences. In particular, it presents a way of updating an active branch from a new baseline. The strategy can be described as “merging at a label”. It has been successful at managing unnecessary branch proliferation and change isolation in an industrial SCM environment.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Buffenbarger
    • 1
  • Kirk Gruell
    • 2
  1. 1.Hewlett-Packard CompanyBoise State UniversityBoiseDenmark
  2. 2.Hewlett-Packard CompanyDenmark

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