In software engineering, continuous integration (CI) implements the continuous building and automated testing of the full software product on a frequent schedule. At least once a day, often several times a day and sometimes as often as after every check in to the version control system.

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Handling compiler bugs in Continuous Integration

I believe that warnings should be treated as errors. If you start ignoring warnings you'll start missing "important" warnings among the "unimportant" ones. So my Continuous Integration system fails a ...
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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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Suggestions to improve small team workflow (CI / Deployment)

I'd like to improve my team's workflow and architecture. Right now we have a LAMP dev server on which every member of the team has a subdirectory. We work directly in this directory via LAN. There is ...
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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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Continuous “Platform” Integration?

We have accumulated a large codebase of somewhat-well-document projects, many of which aren't actively being used, but that we want to be able to start using again quickly if necessary. What is the ...
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Continuous Integration Feedback Cycle

How long should the Continuous Integration process take (i.e. compiling classes and running unit tests + integration test)? On my current project it takes about 30 minutes, is that OK? What's the ...
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Codeigniter modular separation with Phing

I am thinking of managing a product source I am doing using Codeigniter + HMVC. Right now my folder structure is something like this: application |-modules |-module1 | |--controllers ...
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Alternative to “Passing/Broken build” indicator?

When having a continuous integration executing the tests at each commit, a common best practice is to have all the tests passing at all times (aka "do not break the build"). I find some problems with ...
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Branching breaks continous integration?

I think this article, A Successful Git Branching Model, is very well known among experienced DVCS users. I use hg mostly, but I would argue this discussion is fine for any DVCS. Our current ...
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TDD and test automation in applications heavily dependent on databases and user input [closed]

Recently I have been reading online about eXtreme programming and agile practices. I wish to adapt them. However most of my code is all in PHP which is the normal CRUD type web applications. Moreover ...
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How to do external API testing (blackbox)

Assume you are using APIs from a vendor, how to make sure their API is working as expected? My main concern is sometimes the vendor pushed the changes to their code and break the API, we want to have ...
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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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How should I expand Jenkins to help me release?

Pushing new Sparkle releases of our internal apps is a pain. I have to make the build, make the release notes file, sign the .zip with the private key, and add a new entry to the appcast file tying ...
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iOS: Using Jenkins for nightly internal builds (TestFlight), plus frequent client builds [closed]

I'm an iOS dev, working for a small agency. I'm currently on a few smaller projects where I'm the only developer. We recently acquired a Jenkins server, but each project is left to fend for themselves ...
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How do I structure code and builds for continuous delivery of multiple applications in a small team?

Background: 3-5 developers supporting (and building new) internal applications for a non-software company. We use TFS although I don't think that matters much for my question. I want to be able to ...
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Can an internally developed fast evolving, agile, short sprint web application lend itself to offshoring?

I have recently been set a target to achieve readiness to successfully manage and deliver results through the usage of offshore teams on our mainline development project within 12 months. Our ...
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CI - How long is continous?

We currently are using CCNet as our continous integration server. Most projects check for changes every 30 seconds (the default) and if needed perform a build (unit tests, stylecop, fxcop, etc). ...
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Should coding standards be enforced by the continuous integration server?

Should coding standards/style be enforced by the continuous integration server running static analysis tools (ex. PMD, StyleCop/FxCop) and failing the build if the standards are not followed? What ...
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How to communicate within a company what is being Continually Deployed

I work for a small development company, 20 people total in the entire company, 3 in actual development, and we've adopted CD for our commits to trunk, and it works great, from a code management and ...
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Code Measuring and Metrics Tools? [duplicate]

I'm in the process of setting up a build server for personal projects. This server will handle all the normal CI stuff, including running large suites of tests (unit, integration, automated UI). ...
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What is Continous Integration (CI) and how is it useful? [closed]

Can some one explain to me the concept of Continious Integration, how it works in an easy to understand way? And why should a company adopt CI in their code delivery workflow? I am a developer and my ...
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How do I get from a highly manual process of development and deploy to continuous integration?

We have a development process which is completely manual. No unit tests, interface tests are manual, and merging and integration are as well. How could we go from this state to implementing continuous ...
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How should I select continuous integration tool?

I found this cool comparison table for integration servers on Wikipedia, but I am a little uncertain how to rank the tools vs. my needs and interests. The chart itself seems to have a lot of boxes ...
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Branching and CI Builds with Agile

We follow many agile processes, including automated tests, continuous integration, sprint reviews, etc... We're currently having a debate about how often we should branch release builds. We've been ...
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What are the practical examples of code exploration techniques?

Code Exploration (CE) is quite a new term and I wonder if there already any successful examples of implementing this techniques in terms of Continuous Integration principles? In short, Code ...
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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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Is it a good practice to capture build artifacts in Artifactory that Jenkins produces?

We use Jenkins to run continuous integration builds. The output of these builds might be EAR files, WAR files, or just a collection of files that are TAR'd up. To this point we have used Jenkins to ...
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Does continuous integration involve automatic merging between branches?

When setting up a continous integration environment, does it always entail having the build server pull code and merge between branches? Or is it something you NEVER want to do because you are ...
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How often should we launch SONAR analysis?

I successfully installed Jenkins and then Sonar to go with continuous integration. The firsts reports are not that good in term of rules violations ,comments, code duplication ... I set Jenkins to ...
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Dynamic choice of compilers?

An application has the following logic: client => created *.cpp => sent to the server => cl.exe + *.cpp = *.exe client => created *.cs => sent to the server => csc.exe + *.cs = *.exe client => ...
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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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Any articles/research/data comparing pre-checkin validation vs post-checkin validation? [closed]

I'm currently on a team that uses post-checkin validation in our developers' workflow: Developer checks in code (and hopefully runs tests first) CI machine syncs, builds, run tests If tests fail, ...
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Good workflow for software development with scrum and continuous integration

I'm studying an approach to understand better how the continuous integration workflow fits better in a software development company with the scrum method. I'm thinking something like this: Would ...
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Do DVCSes discourage continuous integration?

Say there is a team of ten agile developers. Every day they each pick a task from the board, commits several changes against it, until (by the end of the day) they have completed the task. All ...
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How to conduct a 3 days training on current techniques like TDD and CI

I am tasked to conduct a training for an upcoming team of 20 Java developers for a new project. The project owner wants us to use state of the art development techniques like TDD and CI. The ...
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With continuous integration in .NET, is it acceptable to reference DLLs of rarely-changing assemblies?

My company is looking to implement a CI solution pretty soon, and I am worried about one thing in particular... we are scaling up, which means our solutions are growing with more projects. One thing I ...
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Is continuous integration useful for a team of two developers who write a lot of code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many developers before continuous integration becomes effective for us? I'm new with continous integration though I have used it without know the term. So, I'm ...
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CI tests to enforce specific development rules - good practice?

The following is all purely hypothetical and any particular portion of it may or may not accurately describe real persons or situations, whether living, dead or just pretending. Let's say I'm a ...
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Continuous integration - build Debug and Release every time?

Is it standard practice when setting up a Continuous Integration server to build a Debug and Release version of each project? Most of the time developers code with a Debug mode project configuration ...
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Project life cycle management - Maven vs 'manual' approach

I have a question concerning the life cycle management of a/multiple project(s), more specific to the advantages/disadvantages of using technologies such as Maven. Currently we work in a ...
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Continuous integration (with iOS and Android projects)

I'm trying to make some positive changes in my company and one of the changes is implementing continuous integration. We do mobile development (iOS/Android) so I need a CI that supports both types of ...
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Examples of continuous integration workflow using git

Can anyone provide a rough outline of their git workflow that complies with continuous integration. E.g. How do you branch? Do you fast forward commits to the master branch? I am primarily working ...
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Automating release management and CI on python projects under mercurial VCS

I have a set of Python projects which are under the mercurial VCS. I would like to automate the following tasks: Run the test suite for every commit (CI). Make a source distribution for every ...
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Odd company release cycle: Go Distributed Source Control?

Sorry about this long post, but I think it is worth it. I have just started with a small .NET shop that operates quite a bit differently to other places that I have worked. Unlike any of my previous ...
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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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Is it reasonable to run processes with CI tools?

At my company, we have a quagmire of disparate cron jobs (on multiple systems) and manually kicked off processes which keep our business functioning that is a result of years of expedient development ...
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Continuous Integration : which frequency?

I've always launched builds after each commit, but on this new project, the architects just asked me to change the frequency to "one build every 15 minutes", and I just can't understand why that would ...
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How to lead a development project without technical expertise

I have been a hands-on developer for my entire career and love working with code. I have always resented the team lead who has little or no expertise regarding a particular technology and yet insists ...
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What are build team responsibilities from developer point of view?

Lets assume that you are working for a corporation doing a lot of IT development. What do you think should be build team responsibilities that performs 'services' for developers? What do you expect ...
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Is there a unit testing framework for HTML markup? [closed]

I work at a web design shop. Our workflow is divided into two parts: frontend programmers make static html and css templates of the site design, then backend programmers tie the templates into a CMS. ...