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I understand and appreciate the benefits of having everything in version control, but what about projects that use Maven or a similar tool to download JAR files or other required artifacts automatically for them providing that a specific version of each of those artifacts are specified in a configuration file of some sorts?

On a related note, how do you setup developer machines? A problem I've faced in several occasions is that in our teams developer machines get out of sync -- some use version X of JDK, some version Y. Some use version V of MySQL, some version U, etc. etc. How do you tackle these problems?

There is a great video over at DevOpsCafe (Open Mic Episode 2) about how Wealth Front (formerly known as kaChing) is building and monitoring it's deployment pipeline. It's amazing how these guys push out dozens of code changes per day.

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