Programming Languages for Software Configuration
David B. Tucker, Shriram Krishnamurthi
International Workshop on Software Configuration Management, 2001
Package managers found in popular operating systems are similar to module systems in many programming languages. Recent language research has focused on numerous ways to improve module systems, especially by endowing them with the characteristics of components. These improvements map well to package managers also. We identify several weaknesses with package managers, describe how components solve these problems in the programming context, and suggest how the structural principles of components can be applied to build the next generation of package managers.
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