LCA: Disintermediating distributions
Posted Feb 7, 2008 17:28 UTC (Thu) by stevenj
In reply to: LCA: Disintermediating distributions
Parent article: LCA: Disintermediating distributions
Students just learning C and C++ for the first time are not going to be able to write non-trivial software that builds on a dozen different systems without modification. Or perhaps I should say, they are probably not going to be able to write non-trivial software on their own. (Or complex projects with more than a handful of source files, or shared libraries, or mix languages, etcetera.) No matter what build system you use, they are going to need help with packaging, porting, and distribution, not to mention many other aspects of the software development.
In short, the case of students just learning how to program is simply not relevant for the autotools, because the autotools address problems that those students aren't even close to dealing with. Yes, such students should be perfectly fine with raw 'make', and shouldn't try for configure scripts.
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