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Code Craft by Pete Goodliffe

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Please Release Me

Some builds are particularly important and require more care in their preparation. These are release builds, builds that are made with a special purpose, rather than in the course of code development. A release could be one of a number of exciting events: a beta version, the first official product release, or a maintenance release. It may also be an internal development milestone or an interim release to the test department; these builds won't leave the company but are held in as high regard as external releases, almost a fire drill for an official release.

If the build system is carefully crafted, there shouldn't be any extra preparation needed for a release build. However, these important builds must be handled thoughtfully, ...

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