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Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 16:26:31 +0200
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On 07/07/2016 03:18 PM, Ted Zlatanov wrote:
writing ChangeLog-style
commits is definitely not something you'll learn in school or in industry

Not true. For example, the following school assignment has students writing ChangeLog-format entries:

Change management. UCLA Computer Science 35L,Software Construction Laboratory, Spring 2016, Assignment 4. http://web.cs.ucla.edu/classes/winter16/cs35L/assign/assign4.html

More generally, any good undergraduate software-engineering curriculum should cover change management and should have exercises where students describe, review and commit patches, merge branches, etc. There should be some well-defined procedure that students actually do (as opposed to merely reading about it).This stuff is basic nowadays.

Of course we can't expect every new Emacs developer to know ChangeLog format, but that'd be true of any format. It's not too much to expect people to look at recent commits and use a similar format (this is standard practice pretty much everywhere). The format from a new user doesn't have to be perfect, after all.

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