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Issue No. 05 - September/October (2005 vol. 22)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 108-109
Diomidis Spinellis , Athens University of Economics and Business
Sane programmers don't write production code without the help of an editor and an interpreter or a compiler, yet many software projects limp along without using a version control system. We can explain this contrast if we think in terms of the increased start-up costs and delayed gratification associated with adopting a VCS. We humans typically discount the future, and therefore implementing version control in a project appears to be a fight against human nature. It's true that you can't beat the productivity boost that compilers and editors provide, but four decades after punched-card programming in assembly language has gone out of fashion we must now look elsewhere for our next efficiency gains. And if you or your project isn't using a VCS, adopting one might well be the single most important tooling improvement you can undertake.
version control system, VCS, configuration management

D. Spinellis, "Version Control Systems," in IEEE Software, vol. 22, no. , pp. 108-109, 2005.
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