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Foreword

Foreword

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. It proved to be a key growth experience for me (as well as a pretty wild ride) and my entry into the wonderful world of O’Reilly, but we didn’t really think about how long the result would stay on the market. Thirteen years for one edition?


  

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