Smart Recompilation

@article{Tichy1985SmartR,
  title={Smart Recompilation},
  author={Walter F. Tichy},
  journal={ACM Trans. Program. Lang. Syst.},
  year={1985},
  volume={8},
  pages={273-291}
}
With current compiler technology, changing a single line in a large software system may trigger massive recompilations. If the change occurs in a file with shared declarations, all compilation units depending upon that file must be recompiled to assure consistency. However, many of those recompilations may be redundant, because the change may affect only a small fraction of the overall system. Smart recompilation is a method for reducing the set of modules that must be recompiled after a change… CONTINUE READING
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