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Practical Perforceby Laura Wingerd
Synopses & Reviews
When developers build software, they're able to keep track of all the different versions and all the components they use with software configuration management (SCM) systems. One of the more popular SCM products is Perforce.
Authored by Perforce's own VP of product technology, Practical Perforce is the ideal complement to the existing product manual, focusing less on the 'how" and more on the "why" and "when." The book is not only a helpful introduction to Perforce, it's an enlightening resource for those already familiar with this versatile SCM product. Whether you're a programmer, product manager, or build engineer, you stand to benefit from the many insider tips and ideas presented in this convenient guide.
Practical Perforce is divided into two main parts. Part I offers a whirlwind technical tour, complete with careful descriptions of basic and advanced Perforce commands designed to give you a baseline knowledge. Part II describes the big picture-using Perforce in a collaborative software development. It outlines recommended best practices and quickly shows how to implement them with the Perforce operations introduced in Part I. Throughout the book, you'll learn how to maximize Perforce so it completes tasks like these in the most efficient manner possible:
Recognizing the pitfalls and practices of an SCM system like Perforce is absolutely essential to producing good software. Now, with Practical Perforce, you have the edge you need to ensure success.
Book News Annotation:
This reference explains the Perforce commands and features for tracking software versions and all the components that go into them during a product life cycle. The vice-president of product technology at Perforce Software also identifies the codelines that form the mainline model, describes the rules for change flowing between them, and demonstrates how to manage codelines of a particular type.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
This reference explains the Perforce commands and features for tracking software versions and all the components that go into them during a product life cycle. The vice-president of product technology at Perforce Software also identifies the codelines that form the mainline model, describes the rules for change flowing between them, and demonstrates how to manage codelines of a particular type. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An engaging read, this text imparts best practices for using the Perforce Software Configuration Management system--written by a Perforce insider.
About the Author
Laura Wingerd is currently vice president of product technology at Perforce Software. She divides her time between promoting sound SCM to Perforce's technical staff and promoting Perforce to the software development industry. She joined Perforce in 1997, just as the company moved out of the garage of its founder, Christopher Seiwald. She and Seiwald wrote "High-Level Best Practices in Software Configuration Management," a white paper widely referenced in books and articles. Prior to joining Perforce, Laura worked at Sybase, first developing a software build system for a skunk-works development project, then orchestrating a massive conversion of a build system for core database and networking products.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: Files in the DepotChapter 2: Working with FilesChapter 3: Resolving and Merging FilesChapter 4: Branching and IntegrationChapter 5: Labels and JobsChapter 6: Controlling and Automating ActivityChapter 7: How Software EvolvesChapter 8: Basic Codeline ManagementChapter 9: Release CodelinesChapter 10: Development CodelinesChapter 11: Staging Streams and Web ContentAppendix A: Setting Up a Perforce Test EnvironmentAppendix B: Perforce Terminology and P4 CommandsBibliographyGlossaryAbout the AuthorColophon
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