[erlang-questions] Use of makefiles

Toby Thain toby@REDACTED
Sun Mar 2 03:12:41 CET 2008

On 29-Feb-08, at 3:17 PM, Joe Armstrong wrote:

> Perhaps I should explain why I use make and why I added a section on
> Makefiles in the Erlang book.
> To start with I use makefiles for *all* project irrespective of the  
> language.
> No matter how small a project is, if I suspend the project and start
> working on it months or
> years later I will have forgotten how to build the project.
> ...
> The few hours spent learning some basic makefile syntax is well worth
> the investment - you can amortorise
> the investment in time over the next twenty years - so it's well  
> worth doing.
> Well written makefiles a part of good programming practice.
> To me a project is not complete until there is beautiful code,
> beautiful makefiles and beautiful documentation.
> ...



> /Joe Armstrong

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