Patterns for Managing Source Code Branches
fetched at April 20, 2020

In my conversations with software developers, a regular topic of controversy is how manage source code branching. Tools like git make it easy to create branches, but managing them to improve coordination and minimize the costs of integration unearths plenty of difficulties. I find it useful to think of the trade-offs around branching as a series of patterns, and have spent the last couple of months writing these patterns into a coherent shape.

Today I'll start sharing these, with the foundation of thinking of source branching as a pattern itself. An important point here is that the conceptual notion of a branch is broader than what source code management systems label as branches.

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