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Microsoft’s Build System


The way that Microsoft builds software hasn’t been discussed much, but it’s worth an in-depth look because if you can’t build software effectively then you can’t make it good. You can get fit and polish on a product far more easily if you can turn it around and get rapid feedback, and Microsoft’s process here is broken.

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The Microsoft build system basically reeks of something that could handle the load and volume even twenty years back. When 80% of the point is managing complexity and you're coveting Pentium Pros, it makes sense. In basically any other case, it doesn't. They made big changes to their feature development back in Windows 7 specifically so they wouldn't have to deal so much with half-baked versions of everyone's features, and people on smaller products have sane or at least saner build systems.

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