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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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 [on hold]

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. ...
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What should I be looking for when evaluating unit testing libraries and tools?

I'm in the process of choosing new unit testing tools for soon to be started project. There are plenty of them! The basic requirements I have would be that it can run tests on at least Windows and ...
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Development setup for TDD. Is it correct?

This is how my team has it's development environment set up: Each team member has a local development environment on their own computer, where they check out the code from a shared repository. Every ...
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How to incrementally update a database when deploying a website?

We use JSF over Tomcat along with a backing proprietary DB. I want to know how the addition of new database fields or/and stored procedures should be handled when we deploy a new version of the ...
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Can you give me an example of your Continuous Integration development process

we are thinking of doing Continuous Integration with Nightly builds here. Some of our sticking points is when to do Code Reviews. Is anyone out there doing Continuous Integration with nightly builds ...
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Mercurial Repository structure with heavyweight corporate comms, configuration management & test requirements

I am yet another Subversion user struggling to re-educate myself in the Tao of distributed version control. When using Subversion, I was a big fan of the project-minor approach, and, with most of my ...
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What does “automated build” mean?

I'm trying to add Continuous Integration to a project. According to Wikipedia, one major piece of CI is automated builds. However, I'm confused about what, exactly, that means, as the CI and build ...
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How can Continuous Delivery work in practice?

Continuous Delivery sounds good, but my years of software development experience suggest that in practice it can't work. (Edit: To make it clear, I always have lots of tests running automatically. ...
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Patterns for Continuous Integration and DVCS

We currently use Subversion and TeamCity, we're going to move to using Mercurial (specifically Kiln as we're FogBugz users). Obviously this will result in changes - hopefully improvements - in our ...
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migrating product and team from startup race to quality development [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A simple ways to improve the release quality in RAD environment This is year 3 and product is selling good enough. Now we need to enforce good software development ...
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At which point is a continuous integration server interesting?

I've been reading a bit about CI servers like Jenkins and I'm wondering: at which point is it useful? Because surely for a tiny project where you'd have only 5 classes and 10 unit tests, there's no ...
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Why would you create a deployment script in PowerShell when you have TFS?

I'm experimenting with automatic deployment / continuous integration and had a talk with my team lead. I told him I'm investigating creating build/deployment scripts in PowerShell and he said ...
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Should a programmer fix someone else's failed build? [closed]

One programmer committed some work to the SVN repository, then went home. After he left, the Hudson automatic build failed. Another programmer saw this, and after looking through the code changes, ...
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When to do code reviews when doing continuous integration?

We are trying to switch to a continuous integration environment but are not sure when to do code reviews. From what I've read of continuous integration, we should be attempting to check in code as ...
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Integration tests across a 3-tier .NET solution

I have a 3-tiered .NET solution. Database (SQL SERVER 2008) Web Service (SOAP Service - *.asmx) WPF Client I am comfortably writing Unit Tests within (3) The Client. I am currently working on ...
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To branch or not to branch?

Till recently my development workflow was the following: Get the feature from product owner Make a branch (if feature is more than 1 day) Implement it in a branch Merge changes from main branch to ...
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Which tool to use for creating application releases?

I'm wondering what others use as a tool for creating the final package to hand over to the customer. For now, these are the tasks it should perform for our company: build a set of VS projects ...
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Do you write unit testing or TDD as a line item requirement into your contracts or statements of work?

If you do, do you discuss coverage, continuous integration, quality control, or anything related to the difference between unit testing, functional testing and TDD in general? If clients ask, do you ...
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Using continuous build results as part of performance review metrics? [closed]

My boss is planning to use the metrics from our continuous build (builds and runs tests on every commit) as part of our performance reviews (in our 'quality' metric). This seems like a REALLY bad idea ...
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Store build server configuration in same repository as source code?

Some co-workers and myself are tasked with a "rewrite" of an ancient, unmaintainable application and to shape it into something workable. I am setting up a continuous integration server, and since we ...
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1-click software release

I am rewriting a vb6 installer into NSIS. One of my priorities is to compile-to-release in the least number of steps possible; ideally, a one click process, in which all needed files are included, ...
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best practices for testing backbone.js apps with jasmine?

I've recently started using jasmine to do javascript unit testing. loving it so far. one of the projects i'm working on is a plugin for backbone.js. since backbone is an mvc style framework for ...
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What steps can I take to ensure that I successfully integrate new functionality to an existing app?

I may potentially have some work to implement new features to a client's existing web application. (I didn't write the original app). I've never made an app that wasn't written from scratch, and I'm ...
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maintaining a growing, diverse codebase with continuous integration

I am in need of some help with philosophy and design of a continuous integration setup. Our current CI setup uses buildbot. When I started out designing it, I inherited (well, not strictly, as I was ...
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Builds, continuous integration and deployment for python projects?

Could you please tell me which tools are used in python to build projects, as well as which continuous integration servers are used and how to deploy projects to the server? What I mean is web ...
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Setting up CI with [Jenkins, TeamCity, etc] - which source code control? [closed]

I am bound and determined to setup CI at work. I have played with Jenkins, and will download TeamCity when I get home (damn you work enforced download filters!) I have no IT support, and only so much ...
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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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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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any issues with using git in a CI environment?

I work in a shop that lives by its CI process. We have traditionally used SVN and are considering moving to git (want to leverage its ease of branching, stashing, etc). Thinking in terms that a ...
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Kaizen in DevOps methodology?

I was wondering, Does anybody here works in a software development team under the DevOps methodology and applying Kaizen instead Lean for continuous improvement? I read that DevOps is based on Agile ...
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Are there serious companies that don't use version-control and continuous integration? Why?

A colleague of mine was under the impression that our software department was highly advanced, as we used both a build server with continuous integration, and version control software. This did not ...
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How many developers before continuous integration becomes effective for us?

There is an overhead associated with continuous integration, e.g., set up, re-training, awareness activities, stoppage to fix "bugs" that turn out to be data issues, enforced separation of concerns ...
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Good continuous-integration solutions for Haskell projects [closed]

I am looking for a good CI solution for a haskell project. Ideally something that will work with git. Really basic need (so far) build and run tests after each check in. Some basic reporting would be ...