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10. Development Codelines > 10.4. Working with Third-Party Software

Working with Third-Party Software

Third-party software is the software that comes from other suppliers and is used in source or binary form to build your software. If you’re wondering whether you should check in third-party code, ask yourself, “Are we going to modify it?” If the answer is yes, you should check it in. The vendor’s source will be the common base for changes you’ll make; it needs to be in your depot. (You’ll see an example in a moment.)

There are other reasons to put third-party software in your depot:

  • Most vendors distribute multiple versions or frequent upgrades of software. If you submit their distributions into your depot you’ll always know which versions of their software goes with which versions of yours.


  

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