This monograph addresses two core problems in developing large software projects: 1) versioning and 2) building. In order to develop and sustain automated, scalable "software configuration management (SCM) systems," software systems engineers need to understand how large software code bases can be effectively managed and evolved. Using a well-known open-source software prototype system (Vesta developed at Digital and Compaq Systems Research Lab), the authors meticulously assess, develop, and demonstrate key concepts and methods to achieve such evolvable and scalable software systems. The concepts, lessons, and executable code allow researchers to develop a deeper understanding of the problems, and solution domains possible, for large-scale software construction practices. This book is primarily intended for researchers in the areas of software engineering and specialists in the construction of software development tools. In addition, those responsible for designing and deploying configuration management solutions for large software systems will also find it useful.
Table of Contents
Introducing Vesta.- Essential Background.- The Architecture of Vesta.- The User’s View of Vesta.- Managing Sources and Versions.- System Description Language.- Building Systems in Vesta.- Inside Vesta.- Inside the Repository.- Incremental Building.- Weeder.- Assessing Vesta.- Competing Systems.- Vesta System Performance.- Conclusions.