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Joel on Software

2001/08/31

by Joel Spolsky
Friday, August 31, 2001

And You Thought You Had Source Control Problems

Ray Ozzie sent me a link to a presentation given by Mark Lucovsky, a developer at Microsoft, about the Windows NT development process.

29 million lines of code. Source code takes up 50 gigabytes. Build takes 8 hours on a 4 CPU machine. 1000 machines in the "stress test" farm.

No, they don't use SourceSafe.  But I don't think CVS could handle it, either.


Have you been wondering about Distributed Version Control? It has been a huge productivity boon for us, so I wrote Hg Init, a Mercurial tutorial—check it out!

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