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IBM Rational ClearCase 7.0: Master the Tools That Monitor, Analyze, and Manage Software Configurations by Tatiana Shpichko, Marc Girod

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Chapter 2. Presentation of ClearCase

Soon 20 years after its introduction, ClearCase is still one of the major Software Configuration Management tools on the market.

The concept of SCM is however not as clearly defined and agreed upon as some might pretend. ClearCase itself actually challenged any prior definition significantly by introducing novelties to what SCM might mean. These novelties are, as we'll try to show, what makes of ClearCase, still today, an original and valuable product. Instead thus of risking to fix too early the meaning of SCM, we'll offer a historical perspective, and aim at refining toward our conclusion how ClearCase contributes to define a concept both consistent and useful to the wide community of software users. On this ...

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