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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 8. Tools Maintenance

Tools are an essential concern in build management. If we consider the mass of information that software development has to deal with, and structure it as sets of software configurations, that is, (using the formidable tool ClearCase offers us) as dependency trees, then we find tools at both boundaries: as the roots of the dependencies, with sources; at their leaves, with the customer deliverables (as part of the run-time environment).

The opacity of tools, as well as that of sources, is of course only a matter of viewpoint: the boundaries are only surfaces of separation between realms of distinct coherence. Some other organization is responsible for developing and delivering them, but typically under a different SCM. ...

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