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 deployment errors constitute a build failure?

Our software uses in-house written deployment software due to the complexity of the product. As part of our current QA (not dev) build process (using more in-house software) we compile the code, patch ...
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How do you handle multiple projects that form the same product(s)?

I have limited experience when it comes to build and version control systems. I feel like I've run into a common problem but I'm having trouble uncovering how it is typically handled. Say you have ...
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Automake - how to keep the source tree clean?

I have a project that uses GNU autotools to build itself. I am trying to modify so that autotools generates all the non-versioned control files in a separate directory so that I can keep the source ...
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Babysitting your Continuous Integration System

One of my roles in my team is the build person. I am responsible for maintaining/updating our build scripts and making sure we are building 'smoothly' on the continuous integration server. I usually ...
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Forgetting to merge changes from trunk to branch

Recently, I forgot to merge changes from trunk to our maintenance branch. This caused us to rebuild - twice - and put QA on hold for two days while we fixed the mess. Normally, when committing to ...
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Do you allow presentation layer code to be deployed outside of a build cycle?

For any standard web project you will have server-side code, server pages, JavaScript and CSS files as your code assets. It's pretty standard practice for server-side code to have a test suite and a ...
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How to apologize when you have broken the nightly build [closed]

My first commit in my project resulted in the nightly build being broken and people are all over me as we are nearing the release. I want to send an apology email that should sound sincere and at the ...
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When does Continuous Integration add value? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many developers before continuous integration becomes effective? When does continuous integration (such as CruiseControl) add value to a project? Do factors such as ...
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Do Makefiles Matter?

I'm currently working on a small library as a hobby project. I am the only one who actively codes for it, but a few of my friends have expressed interest in participating in the future. When using ...
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Where do you store your builds?

We currently use Team Foundation Server to do our builds. I know we can tell TFS to keep our builds for a certain amount of time or keep them indefinitely. What if we want to keep some or all of our ...
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about build process

I have programmed in Obj C and C, but until now found that I dont fully understand the steps in taking the software from source code to executable, I found this image kind of explaining it (sorry ...
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Ms Build publishing vs Visual Studio IDE publishing

I am currently working on ms build to publish my winform application based on the environment selected (Dev or Prod). I am using Ms Build Community Task and referencing this article to achieve this ...
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How do you manage frequent software releases to multiple clients? [closed]

we have a cross-platform middleware product which we typically end up customizing/bug fixing on a per client basis. In some cases, providing updates as often as once/twice per week. We have a lot of ...
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Release build vs nightly build

A typical solution is to have a CI (Continuous Integration) build running on a build server: It will analyze the source code, make build (in debug) and run tests, measure test coverage, etc. Now, ...
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Why maven so slow compared to automake?

I have a Maven project consists of around 100 modules. I have reason to decompose the project to so many modules, and I don't think I should merge them in order to speed up the build process. I have ...
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Can you make a build in one step?

From the joel test: Can you make a build in one step? I've got to say I can't. I'm currently working on a web app that has a spreadsheet list of items that must be carried out in order to ...
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C library build system dependencies

This debate has cropped up on a mailing list for a project I'm involved in. Unfortunately we're quite a small bunch at the moment, so I want to ask a wider audience. We're writing a C library (for ...
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Advantages of Hudson and Sonar over manual process or homegrown scripts

My coworker and I recently got into a debate over a proposed plan at our workplace. We've more or less finished transitioning our Java codebase into one managed and built with Maven. Now, I'd like for ...
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Automated build platform for .NET portfolio - best choice? [closed]

I am involved with maintaining a fairly large portfolio of .NET applications. Also in the portfolio are legacy applications built on top of other platforms - native C++, ECLIPS Forms, etc. I have a ...
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Is there a better strategy than relying on the compiler to catch errors?

I've been programming in C and C++ for some time, although I would say I'm far from being an expert. For some time, I've been using various strategies to develop my code such as unit tests, test ...
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Arguments againts checking-in binary files into SCMs

I work for a company that primarily builds Java applications and I'm trying to convince everybody to stop checking-in binary files (dependencies and final products) to SCM. They know it is a bad ...
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Which Continuous Integration framework do you use and why? [closed]

There are quite a few different Continuous Integration (CI) frameworks out there and I'm wondering which is the most popular. Which frameworks have you used at firms where you work? Is there any ...
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What exactly is the build number in MAJOR.MINOR.BUILDNUMBER.REVISION

What I think about Build Numbers is that whenever a new nightly build is created, a new BUILDNUMBER is generated and assigned to that build. So for my 7.0 version application the nightly builds will ...
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What advantages do continuous integration tools offer on a solo project?

If you're doing a solo project - would you use CI tools to build from a repository? I've used Hudson and Cruise Control in a team environment, where it's essential to build as soon as anyone checks ...
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Build/deployment tools for a small (1) development effort [closed]

What build or deployment tools are available for a 1 person development effort, in the .NET space, that are capable of producing project outputs? I'm not looking necessarily looking for a CI server ...
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Continuous Build server (cc.net, hudson, bamboo, etc…) remote build experience?

We currently use once cc.net server for our build process, which builds both .net (using msbuild & nant) and java (using maven and ant). CC.net monitors source control, and triggers a remote ...
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What is the best setup for distributing a PHP application?

What is a recommended setup in terms of source control, builds, testing, bug tracking, and deployment for a downloadable PHP application (a la Wordpress, phpBB, Magento, etc.)? As a developer working ...
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How important are daily builds? [closed]

One of the criteria of the Joel Test is daily builds. The idea is that if the build is broken, whoever broke it is around to fix it up. If the build cannot be fixed, everyone will have to check out an ...