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Hanselminutes Podcast 54 - Squeezing Continuous Integration

March 9, '07 Comments [2] Posted in Nant | NCover | NDoc | NUnit | Podcast | Programming | Tools
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My fifty-fourth podcast is up. In this episode we continue the discussion started in Episode 4 - Continuous Integration. We're fortunate to be joined by Jay Flowers, maker of CI Factory, a Continuous Integration Accelerator that lets you get a continuous integration build running in minutes, not days. It's a generator that creates build scripts, CruiseControl server files, project structure and more. Take a look at version 0.8 and the screencast on installation and setup. We believe that there's more to just Build and Test...you can automate everything and even have your build server pop out ISO images, CDs, or complete configured Virtual Machines. Enjoy.

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Links from the Show

Jeff finally gets with it (mm0)
Backup Package (mm5)
How to make a CI Factory Package (mma)
Code Churn, Predicting how may bugs (mm1)
Playing for Real, More Than a Scoreboard - Threshold Package (mm6)
CI Factory Installation (mmb)
VSTS Integration (mm2)
Analytics Package - Xsl exsl:document or multi-output (mm7)
Phil Haack A Comparison of TFS vs Subversion for Open Source Projects (mmc)
Updated AsyncExec stuff (mm3)
Analytics Package Screen Capture (mm8)
Traceability and Continuous Integration (mmd)
AsyncExec stuff (mm4)
A Recipe for Build Maintainability and Reusability (mm9)

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Sunday, March 11, 2007 5:23:06 AM UTC
Dear Scott,
Thanks for an excellent show.
When doing the DNRTV on Continuous Integration kindly start at the very basics, like how does one setup the miniumum required to get Continuous Integration up and running. Show a very simple example. This will help me and probably a lot of others who feel themselves a little left behind on continuous Integration.
/morten

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:23:24 PM UTC
You mentioned on this show that you produced Virtual Machines that your latest built installation package is automatically deployed to. I really like that idea.

Could you provide little more detail as to how that works in practice?

1. How much space do you typically eat up before you have to start archiving (how many versions of the VM do you keep around)?

2. How long does your build process take? It would seem to me that bringing up VMs would take a significant chunk of time. I like to keep our builds <10 minutes, including all the errata like Coverage, FxCop, etc, so that feedback to developers is more immediate.

Thanks,
Patrick Altman
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