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"Floating" tags and automating the build process

From: Brass Tilde <brasstilde_at_insightbb.com>
Date: 2005-05-02 20:06:08 CEST

In our environment, we have numerous developers, all of whom are pretty much
the sole responsible party for one or more applications for which we have
ongoing development. It's seldom that we have two developers working on the
same project.

One of the ways that we're tossing around to make it easier for our build
person to build our applications, before we get an automated build tool and
implement it, is to have so-called "floating" tags in the repository.
Basically, these would point to the latest safely buildable revision of the
application in question. As far as I can tell, this would require deleting
the existing contents of the directory in the repository that corresponds to
our "Dev" tag every time we wanted to "float" the tag, correct?

Our other option is to simply decree that the HEAD revision of each
project's /trunk be the safely buildable version, and have all development
handled either on a branch, which is merged to the trunk when stable, or in
the WC with only stable stuff being checked in.

Thoughts? Other ideas (that don't require we implement Ant, CruiseControl
or something right away, but assuming that we *will* be implementing
something along those lines at some point)?

"Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt
up after being drunk all night." -Isaac Asimov

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