Applying RCS and SCCS tells you how to manage a complex software development project using RCS and SCCS. The book tells you much more than how to use each command; it's organized in terms of increasingly complex management problems, from simple source management, to managing multiple releases, to coordinating teams of developers on a project involving many files and more than one target platform.
Few developers use RCS or SCCS alone; most groups have written their own extensions for working with multiperson, multiplatform, multifile, multirelease projects. Part of this book, therefore, discusses how to design your own tools on top of RCS or SCCS, both covering issues related to "front-ending" in general, and by describing TCCS, one such set of tools (available via FTP). This book also provides an overview of CVS, SPMS, and other project management environments.
Don Bolinger is a software engineer in the Research Institute of the Open Software Foundation, where he works with the Mach microkernel and serverized UNIX systems. He has labored on, in, and under various UNIX-like environments for around 15 years. His first exposure to project control came long ago via an m4-based front-end to make, which demonstrated how easy and useful (not to say necessary) it is to write such extensions under UNIX. Subsequent work on many other tools taught him the value of discipline and a healthy respect for prior art, both of which he hopes this book manages to pass along. Don got his B.A. in English from Yale University, and finds natural languages just as engaging as the programming kind. He enjoys French history, culture, and wine (not necessarily in that order).
Tan Bronson is currently director of software engineering at Hill Arts & Entertain ment, in Guilford, Connnecticut, where he works on providing ticketing to the performing arts and related industries. Tan's been working on or around UNIX systems since his exposure to Version 6 UNIX 15 years ago. On Version 6 UNIX he started writing drivers, and over the years worked his way "up to" applications. His first exposure to source code control was a homebrew system that built software that was cross-compiled on a Vax for a 68010 UNIX box, and ran on the same Vax. It quickly grew to a more "general purpose" collection of tools. Over the years he's tried to take advantage of all the good ideas he's encountered building and controlling projects, and help other people have better control over the software project they need to release and maintain. Tan got his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maine at Orono, and spends his spare time with his family and working on a variety of home construction projects. (Unfortunately, RCS doesn't apply to these!)
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animals featured on the cover of Applying RCS and SCCS are raccoons, mammals of the bear family. Raccoons are common throughout North America, and are also found in Central and South America. Their preferred habitat is forests or wooded areas near streams, ponds, lakes, or rivers. They use tree cavities, when available, for nesting, hiding, and wintering. The German word for raccoon, waschbar, means "washing bear," a name that comes from their habit of dipping their food in water before eating it. Berries, acorns, eggs, fish, reptiles, ducks, and muskrats are among the foods that make up a raccoon's diet.
In winter raccoons enter a deep sleep, but don't truly hibernate. Their body functions barely slow down, and during relatively warm periods they will leave their nests in search of food. When the temperature drops again, they head back to their shelters.
Raccoons are not communal animals. Males each have their own territory, which they mark with glandular secretions; they avoid the territory of others. In the North American raccoon the mating period is from January through April. The pair stays together for a only few days. The pregnant female builds a nest in an elevated place. After approximately 63 days of gestation, four to six young are born. The young are helpless and blind at birth, weighing about 2.5 ounces, with barely visible facial masks and tail rings. They are weaned at 16 weeks, but stay with their mothers for about one year.
Raccoons in the wild have a life expectancy of approximately five years. Their predators include coyotes, foxes, red lynxes, dogs, cougars, and humans. Although raccoons make very good pets, the relationship between humans and raccoons has never been an easy one. In 1990 approximately 4 million raccoons were killed worldwide for their fur. In parts of the United States coon hunting is an old tradition. For their part, raccoons are pests to corn fields and orchards, as well as to urban and suburban neighborhoods. They are also host to 13 diseases that are transmittable to humans, the most serious being rabies. UNIX and its attendant programs can be unruly beasts. Nutshell Handbooks help you tame them.
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