The simplest type of build is a process that converts (source) code to a compiled binary file that can then be run. More complex builds can also run unit or integration tests and can use tools to generate reports about the quality of the code. Lastly, builds are often triggered automatically by ...

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Should performance tests be instrumented by build tools?

Should performance tests be instrumented by build tools as part of the build process, or should they live completely outside? If outside, then where in the deployment pipeline should they live? I ...
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Why isn't java used as a build language?

If Java is a general purpose language, and building a program is something that can be described using the Java language, why isn't this the best way to write build files and instead we use tools like ...
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Multiple entrance points in project

My question is related to C++ but it comes from Java actually. When I was programming Java I had multiple classes, which were derived from a base "Test" class. Their purpose was to test things - run ...
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Handling large and small changes specific to a customer

I've been going back and forth on how to handle this best. The problem C# project consisting of WCF services used by a Flex application. A customer may request a functionality change that requires ...
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How should an embedded OS be combined with user code?

As a side-effect of an embedded project I've been working on, I've developed a small operating system for an ARM processor. While the OS and my user code are in separate directories and have clean ...
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Build number when supporting previous version

I am developing and maintaining a web-based application that's used internally at my job. I am the only developer and so I'm not really using branches; everything happens on the trunk. I do tag ...
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How to avoid binary dependency on size change

class A { public: int i; }; // A.h and defined in project libA.vcxproj (libA.dll) I'm using class A in multiple places at various projects as below. Apporoximately 100 projects. include "A.h" class ...
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Distributing a data access solution across multiple solutions

I have 3 solutions, one of them is a dataccess solution with all the repositories etc. At the moment when a change is made to it, the others have to go get the latest nuget version locally, we have a ...
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How do you handle deployment configuration of your thick browser (html/javascript/css) clients?

Question For those of you working with html/javascript/css "thick clients", specifically those that work against some client-independent server API, how do you manage your deployment environment ...
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Continuous integration and modifying existing UI automation tests

Our team is currently facing a situation where we are changing a feature that is in the product today. This feature has Selenium automation tests associated with it. We are performing a fairly major ...
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Must OpenCL code be compiled for a specific GPU?

Most OpenCL Tutorials give a nice introduction to OpenCL, yet I have not found information on the question of interoperability of the compilation targets. It seems that I have to compile OpenCL code ...
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Source control and compilation tool chain [closed]

I am a single developer working on a large system. I was recently informed that there may be an opportunity to recruit another developer or maybe two. I have incorporated source control into my ...
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Java continuous integration with extras [closed]

I am very new to continuous integration, but I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately I found there to be huge quantities of different tools, and each one is sizable and seems to be difficult (I am ...
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Automated builds, build tools and Embedded systems

I come from an embedded world where we use C/C++ for programming, and use an IDE to generate a binary file, which is then programmed into a Hardware Board, which can then be tested. With this ...
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Build status reporting on javascript project

I have a javascript project which uses Grunt and several plug-ins such as: jshint qunit requirejs optimizer Not all of the developers run the grunt tasks locally (e.g. jshint, qunit), so they ...
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Looking for good practices on managing branches and developers in Git [duplicate]

I a little while ago I joined a new development team and recently we had our first major release. We've used Git since the beginning of the project and by now are somewhat comfortable with it. ...
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Organizing related projects and dependencies for nuget publishing

I've been working on writing .NET bindings for Rollbar, an error and message reporting service, like Airbrake. My library is working nicely and is published in the NuGet gallery. So now I want to ...
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Solving the last mile problem in software engineering [closed]

The more I write code the more I realize that writing the code is not the hard part. The hard part is making sure all the dependencies are in order, there are no hard coded paths, that I don't have ...
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Understanding Package Management Systems

I am attempting to understand what a Package Management System. I grasp the main concept of it but I have some queries. Does a package management system install features(compilers, libraries, ...
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how to stay efficient when a build is almost always broken

I work in a middle sized team which shares the same source code and while have a continues integration in place, but as all of us has to work in the same branch, the build is almost always broken. ...
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Responsibilities of Build Script and Build Server

I need some clarifications on the responsibilities of the Build Script and the Build Server. I read several articles on the Net about continuous integration and builds. Including The F5 Key Is Not ...
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To integrate git versions as build numbers or not?

A colleague and I have been taking turns debating/discussing the issues/merits of integrating a version derived from the current git repository into our code whenever it builds. We think the merits ...
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Strategies for using a code metric evaluation tool

Should code quality metric evaluation tools like Sonar be integrated with IDE for running local analysis or should they be a part of the build process (like integrated with maven) for continuous ...
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How to deal with undesired commits that break long-running release builds?

We ran into an unfortunate situation at work recently and I've been wondering what we can do to avoid similar problems in the future. We make embedded systems. The FPGA code is in one SVN repository ...
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Is a “build” assembly?

In an old book I have, they say that "build" is either a process of converting source code into executable or the actual result - assembly. Is that correct? Is a build actually the assembly, I mean ...
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Patching open source software when upgrading is not an option?

I recently ran into a rather annoying (confirmed) bug in an open source software package that I have integrated into my application. According to the public issue tracker this bug has been resolved ...
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Building old 32-bit Visual Studio 2003 projects on 64-bit Windows [closed]

I'm working with a legacy product build environment that depends on (among other things) Microsoft Visual Studio .Net 2003. We're updating our build environment to use 64-bit machines, since our ...
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Delphi Build Server - Do I need to check in .dres files?

We're using final builder to build a Delphi project and the person managing the build server noticed that projects with no .dres files were not building because they're not in SVN and because they're ...
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How to maintain nearly identical internal/external programs without having separate codebase for each?

I have a program I'm working on that my company uses internally, but is also sent to vendors. The vendor version will be identical, except that it will be missing some features, and use an installer. ...
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What build tools do not depend on java (or Ruby)? [closed]

I'm wondering what generic build tools out there include their binary run-times and do not depend on another environment not shipped with them. For example, ANT requires Java, Rake requires Ruby, ...
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make-like build tools for data? [closed]

Make is a standard tools for building software. But make decides whether a target needs to be regenerated by comparing file modification times. Are there any proven, preferably small tools that ...
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Continous Delivery TFS

Is it possible to achieve Continuous Delivery using TFS e.g. Windows Service? There are > 1000 posts on how to use msdeploy with TFS for WEB projects. I am trying to understand why there are no ...
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Managing JS and CSS for a static HTML web application

I'm working on a smallish web application that uses a little bit of static HTML and relies on JavaScript to load the application data as JSON and dynamically create the web page elements from that. ...
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Why are there no package management systems for C and C++? [closed]

There are some programming languages for which exist their own package management systems: CTAN for TeX CPAN for Perl Pip & Eggs for Python Maven for Java cabal for Haskell Gems for Ruby Is ...
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Best practices for versioning project after dependency upgrade

Say, my project have dependency N with version 1.0.0. Then something have changed, and I should depend on newer version - let it be 1.0.1. OK, I'm incrementing dependency version, nothing else ...
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What software models are appropriate for daily builds and continuous integration?

On reading the joel test and about daily builds, a discussion with a few tech-lead friends of mine in various companies revealed that they never did daily builds or continuous integration because ...
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How do I go from “here's the zip” to a good release strategy?

I can write code, resolve dependencies, and get my program to run on my computer; I have no idea where to go from here though. How do I get the software ready for distribution? The school ...
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Including local headers first

So I read up on the ordering of your includes, and this guy suggested you include your local header first so as to make sure it doesn't have prerequisites. Ok, I get that. I'm on board. The whole ...
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Looking for an example of how a software project can be managed/deployed

My company is evaluating adopting off-the-shelf ALM products to aid in our development lifecycle; we currently use our own homegrown solutions to manage requirements gathering, specification ...
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Is a new build required everytime I make a change to the code?

I am working on a project that has around a hundred different files (.cpp & .h), and it requires around an hour to build the entire project on MSVC 2008, suppose that I now make a change to any ...
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Dynamic Post-build event in Visual Studio

I am building a video server application that has multiple projects in Visual Studio. One project, the video server project, needs to call a shell script to generate documentation. This works fine ...
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Conditional attribute in XML - most concise solution?

I am tasked with setting up conditional profiling - a method of tagging chunks of XML with an attribute, which will then be used as a conditional value to extract subset of that XML. Have a look at ...
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Visual Studio build everytime JS and CSS changes?

I am relatively new to Visual Studio Development and I was wondering - it seems that everytime I make changes to my JS or CSS in my project - I have to "build" the project again. Is there any way to ...
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Use of pdb file in release build executables

This question is appropriate only for programs created on the windows platform. If I build a release of my program with the /Zi option (create pdb file and store path to file in exe) then I don’t ...
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Does it make sense to write build scripts in C++?

I'm using CMake to generate my projects IDE/makefiles, but I still need to call custom "scripts" to manipulate my compiled files or even generate code. In previous projects I've been using Python and ...
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How do you achieve a numeric versioning scheme with Git?

My organization is considering moving from SVN to Git. One argument against moving is as follows: How do we do versioning? We have an SDK distribution based on the NetBeans Platform. As the svn ...
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Should developers be expected to compile an internal library before the actual program?

Recently a senior developer that I work with made a case for requiring that developers get the latest version and compile as part of their project a major internal library. This stands in contrast the ...
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Convince a lone developer to use a separate build tool instead of the IDE one-click build

In my years of programming Java and more recently Scala, I've never used Ant, Maven, Gradle or any of those build tools for Java. Everywhere I've worked there was a build manager who took care of all ...
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What are good ways to organize input files (Makefiles, SConstruct, CMakeLists.txt, etc.) to build automation software?

One thing I like to do with my code is make sure that it's refactored into manageable pieces. However, when it comes to building the software, I find that whatever build automation software I end up ...
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Build Process for Web Application

I have a web application with lots of Javascipt and CSS code. I want to minify the CSS and JS code using something like UglifyJS. However, I don't want to program with the minified code and I want my ...