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Forks

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Forks are used in software development to describe how projects and software work.

Forks are used in software programming. Seriously. You might wonder how a programmer manages to get a real fork into their code but it’s simpler than you think.

Forks happen when source code is copied and a new seperate development project is made from the copy. It’s common in open source software projects, in part because the forked code is publicly available for anyone to work on.

While forks happen in software projects, they’re not always successful. The number and timing of forks also can reveal the health or strength of the original project.

 

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