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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 4. Version Control

Dear Reader,

You have already entered the second part of our book. We stated our main thesis (didn't you notice?). What remains for us is to make the dream live! It will be a feast and a fight, of minute details, on a narrow path between slippery slopes.

The CM tradition was built on top of versions of source artifacts, crafted by hand: its world was a construction ex nihilo. By contrast, our world is always already there. Furthermore, it is not a cookbook trying to blow a sparkle of life into an assembly of carbon atoms: on the contrary, it is a frenetic fight to make sense of a universe of life all around us, and which we are part of. The only stability there is the one we are responsible for: meaning. ClearCase made ...

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