Managing Projects with Make

Managing Projects with Make

by Andy Oram, Steve Talbott
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Managing Projects with Make by Andy Oram, Steve Talbott

make is one of UNIX's greatest contributions to software development, and this book is the clearest description of make ever written. Even the smallest software project typically involves a number of files that depend upon each other in various ways. If you modify one or more source files, you must relink the program after recompiling some, but not necessarily all, of the sources.make greatly simplifies this process. By recording the relationships between sets of files, make can automatically perform all the necessary updating.For large projects with teams of programmers and multiple releases, make becomes even more critical. But in order to avoid spending a major portion of your maintenance budget on maintaining the Makefiles, you need a system for handling directories, dependencies, and macro definitions. This book describes all the basic features of make and provides guidelines on meeting the needs of large, modern projects.Some of the issues addressed in the second edition include:

  • Projects covering several directories.
  • Maintaining consistency when building variants of a program.
  • Automatic generation of header file dependencies.
  • Forced rebuilds of existing files.
  • A description of free products that contain major enhancements tomake.
  • Listings of the features that vary between different versions of make and simple ways to test them.
  • More detail and examples on common errors, use of the shell in make, formal rules of syntax in make, and support for various utilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780937175903
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/08/1991
Series: Nutshell Handbooks Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly & Associates, specializing in books on Linux and programming. Most recently, he edited Peer-to-Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies.

Stephen L. Talbott went from Presidential Scholar to farmer, and from editing an interdisciplinary, scholarly journal about the catastrophist theories of Immanual Velikovsky, to fourteen years working in the computer industry. Mr. Talbott recently moved with his family from the Boston technology belt to rural New York, where his efforts to reach an accommodation with his computer continue.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is not a bad book. Unfortunately many examples simply did not apply to any system I have access to. I did learn quite a bit but it is just out of date when compared to what is available