Searching for build debt: Experiences managing technical debt at Google

J. David Morgenthaler, Misha Gridnev, Raluca Sauciuc, Sanjay Bhansali
2012 2012 Third International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt (MTD)  
With a large and rapidly changing codebase, Google software engineers are constantly paying interest on various forms of technical debt. Google engineers also make efforts to pay down that debt, whether through special Fixit days, or via dedicated teams, variously known as janitors, cultivators, or demolition experts. We describe several related efforts to measure and pay down technical debt found in Google's BUILD files and associated dead code. We address debt found in dependency
more » ... s, unbuildable targets, and unnecessary command line flags. These efforts often expose other forms of technical debt that must first be managed.
doi:10.1109/mtd.2012.6225994 dblp:conf/icse/MorgenthalerGSB12 fatcat:t6ia3vzqo5bxvpgvpviatk3mgu