By Alexis Leon, Artech House , 2005.
This is the second edition of my book "A
Guide to Software Configuration Management" that
was published in 2000.
In 1999, when I started out to write the first
edition of this book (A Guide to Software Configuration
Management), my objective was to write a simple, easy-to-read and
jargon free book on SCM covering the basic concepts. The idea was
to get the reader as quickly up-to-speed on the basics and key
issues as possible.
Since the publication of the first edition of
the book in May 2000, I have got a number of suggestions,
questions, and comments from readers all around the world. From
those mails and from my own research, I have found out what
features of the book were liked, what were the points that needed
improvement, in which areas more material and more coverage were
required, what other areas needed to be covered and the like.
Consequently, I set my goals higher for the second edition.
My objective was to produce a revised, updated
and comprehensive book on SCM while maintaining all the good
aspects of the first edition. I wanted to write a book that will
help the readers understand the SCM fundamentals and then to
master the advanced topics as they advance in their careers. So
the goal was to produce a book that started with the basics,
explained the fundamentals and then took the readers to advanced
topics—a complete reference. Because of the change in the scope
and magnitude of the book it was decided to rename the book as
Software Configuration Management Handbook (Second Edition).
This book is a must read for all software
professionals who are practicing configuration management in their
projects, project leaders and project managers who want to develop
a good software configuration management system in the
projects/organizations, managers who are in-charge of tool
selection and system implementation and for students who want to
understand the theory and practice of software configuration