[Ads-l] "new build"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 5 19:12:14 UTC 2015


JL wrote:
> In that case, "build" has also come to mean "version" in general.

I first encountered "build" in the relevant sense in the software
domain. The "latest build" referred to the "latest prototype" or
"latest version" of a program created by compilation.

But the citation below suggests that engineers have been using "latest
build" for "latest version" for many years.

Date: December 9, 1899
Journal: Fibre & Fabric
Article: The Woolen Factory
Quote Page 199

https://books.google.com/books?id=Lw4AAAAAMAAJ&q=%22latest+build%22#v=snippet&

[Begin excerpt]
This mill will be equipped with all the latest build of woolen
machinery. They will have two 408-spindle mules, Knowles looms, Hunter
finishing machinery, etc.
[End excerpt]

Garson




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> On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 2:10 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
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>> JL wrote:
>> > Fancy tech talk for "newly assembled or produced":
>> >
>> > "The F-15SA is the most advanced production F-15 Eagle ever built. Saudi
>> > Arabia ordered 84 new build F-15SAs."
>> >
>> > I've seen this usage for a number of years, hyphenated rarely.
>>
>> "new build" is used to refer to a new executable version of a program
>> that has been constructed by compiling and linking source code.
>> Perhaps, this jargon from the domain of computer programming and
>> software engineering has been generalized to apply to new designs of
>> jets and other products.
>>
>> Below is an instance of "new build" referring to a new version of
>> Windows 10 (which is still under development). Each "build" is
>> identified with a different number.
>>
>> Website: PC World
>> Article: Microsoft Windows 10 build 10074 tightens Cortana
>> integration, adds Aero Glass
>> Author: Mark Hachman
>> Date: Apr 29, 2015
>>
>>
>> http://www.pcworld.com/article/2916581/microsoft-windows-10-build-10074-tig=
>> htens-cortana-integration-adds-aero-glass.html
>>
>> [Begin excerpt]
>> The new build will be available to subscribers in both the "fast" and
>> "slow" rings, meaning there will be ISO files to download for those
>> who want to start fresh. Also, Microsoft has stopped calling them
>> "technical previews" and now refers to them as =E2=80=98Insider previews.=
>> =E2=80=9D
>> [End excerpt]
>>
>> Oxford Dictionaries attempts to list this sense from the software
>> domain under the headword "build".
>>
>> Build noun
>> http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/build
>> 2. Computing   A compiled version of a program.
>> 2.1 The process of compiling a program.
>>
>> Garson
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