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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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Labels or branches?

There is a great deal of symmetry between the two sets of functions (pertaining to labels and branches), and actually between the concepts. Both may be used in config specs, with very similar effect at first sight. The strategies built upon them are dual, to use a metaphor familiar to the electric engineer thinking of currents and tensions when considering a circuitry schema. However, as in the electrical case, this duality eventually reaches some boundaries, and we'll see which. It must be stressed that such analyses are very specific to ClearCase, and bear no validity at the abstract level of conceptual CM; they don't apply to other tools.

We already mentioned in the last chapter the main difference between labels and branches: ...

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