On 2012/5/18 4:42 PM, rick baird wrote:

We've changed the way we mark our code changes which required updating
comment lines in the source members to initialize them for the new
method.


Why not wait until the source member needs to be changed for some other reason?

I'm assuming there's a good reason, I'm just curious to know what it is.

The only thing I can think of is that there's some utility that crawls through the source analyzing changes - if not, ignore the rest of this. If so, shouldn't the utility just handle both the old and new format? If it can't, then some pre-process could do whatever transformation is being done on the source now, but into temporary members.

I agree with Chuck - faking out the last change date on the file could have unforeseen consequences, and if you are unlucky, you wouldn't find out about them until long after the badness happened.

Rule to live by: There's always another way.


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