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Best practices log messages early in development

From: Martin J. Stumpf <mjs_at_jhu.edu>
Date: 2005-01-14 18:07:28 CET

Hello everyone,

I am struggling with best practices with log messages early in the
project life cycle.

The problem is that I may work non-stop for 8 hours on a project and
touch a dozen files. With each class in its own src file and headers, I
often need to make many modifications as the API evolves. The problem
is that I don't want to commit too early because I know in my head what
design requirement I am implementing in this work session and I am 'not
finished yet' with the current coding objective. By the time I reach my
goal, implement that particular design requirement, I can no longer
think/remember what specificaly was done in each file.

I don't want to use a global log message because that doesn't make the
log history very helpful. It isn't always a case where all the changes
fit nicely under the message that may correctly belong to the file that
receieved the bulk of the editing. Are you following me? I hope I am not
the only one who struggles with this. I build and test during this work
session and often make other changes.

Maybe I should be committing more frequently. Maybe I should create log
message files. With the latter, the daily commit becomes laborious.

What do you guys do to make the log really helpful on large projects?

Thanks

-Martin

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