CheckDep: A Tool for Tracking Software Dependencies

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Executive Summary

Many software developers use a syntactical 'Diff' in order to perform a quick review before committing changes to the repository. Others are notified of the change by email (containing diffs or change logs), and they review the received information to determine if their work is affected. The authors lift this simple process from the code level to the more abstract level of dependencies: a software developer can use CheckDep to inspect introduced and removed dependencies before committing new versions, and other developers receive summaries of the changed dependencies via e-mail. They find the tool useful in their software-development activities and now make the tool publicly available.

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