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Introducing Version Control to Database-Centric Applications in a Small Enterprise
January/February 2007 (vol. 24 no. 1)
pp. 38-44
Jan Ploski, Offis Institute for Information Technology
Wilhelm Hasselbring, University of Oldenburg
Jochen Rehwinkel, Meteocontrol GmbH
Stefan Schwierz, Meteocontrol GmbH
Employing version control and separating test and production systems from each other are well-known software engineering practices. However, small software development organizations sometimes neglect the corresponding tools and processes, partly because they lack experience, and partly because of genuine technical challenges. For example, decoupling the production and test environments using version control software is no trivial exercise in an environment of conflicting requirements, tight budget constraints and a high-volume, business-critical online database that must be kept synchronized with the source code. The authors' method of database schema version control converts schema elements into textual configuration items that an organization can manage using freely available open source tools. This article is part of a special issue on Software Engineering Challenges in Small Software Organizations.
Index Terms:
configuration management process, process implementation and change, database management
Jan Ploski, Wilhelm Hasselbring, Jochen Rehwinkel, Stefan Schwierz, "Introducing Version Control to Database-Centric Applications in a Small Enterprise," IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 38-44, Jan.-Feb. 2007, doi:10.1109/MS.2007.17
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