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ONLamp: make: The Evolution and Alternatives

Nov 22, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram, Robert Mecklenburg)

"The make utility is an enticing servant, always there and always accommodating. Like the indispensable sidekicks found in many novels and movies, make starts out as the underappreciated supplicant to whom you throw a few odd jobs, and then gradually takes over the entire enterprise.

"I had reached the terminal stage of putting make at the center of every project I touched when Steve Talbott, my supervisor and the author of the original O'Reilly classic Managing Projects with make, noticed my obsession and asked me to write the second edition..."

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