Benifits of differnt file locations

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    Benifits of differnt file locations

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    just a quick question wondering what are the benifits of putting cpp files in different locations

    the only one i can think of is that it makes it easier to manage

    also that you can have a group of programmers working together and then just link it all at the end

    if there are others please can you help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peckitt99 View Post
    the only one i can think of is that it makes it easier to manage

    also that you can have a group of programmers working together and then just link it all at the end
    It also helps you to group related functionality into one place. Your code should be designed as modules, and it should therefore be organized on disk as modules.

    Also, who the heck wants to work on a 1.6 million line source file? Programs can be VERY large.

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    The most obvious reason to put various source files in different locations is that they are separate parts of a larger whole, e.g. some files produce one executable file, another set of files produce another executable. Some files may be shared, in which case they need to go into a separate location (don't HAVE to, but it makes life easier that way).

    There's really no other reason to have files in separate locations - the compiler certainly doesn't mind if you use 6 files out of a directory of 10000, or if you have 6000 directories containing a file each, to produce your executable. So from that perspective, how your files are stored makes no difference at all.

    Several people can work on files in the same location - as long as you have a system of "locking" files so that only one person can update a particular file - or, better yet, let each person have their own local copy and use a source/version control software to track and merge the result of the changes.

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