Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 4

February 01, 2006 Comment on this post [4] Posted in Podcast | ASP.NET | XML | Tools
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HanselminutesMy fourth Podcast is up. This was one is on Continuous Integration in .NET.

We're listed in the iTunes Podcast Directory, so I encourage you to subscribe with a single click (two in Firefox) with the button below. For those of you on slower connections there are lo-fi and torrent-based versions as well.

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As I've said before this show comes to you with the audio expertise and stewardship of Carl Franklin. The name comes from Travis Illig, but the goal of the show is simple. Avoid wasting the listener's time. (and make the commute less boring)

  • Each show will include a number of links, and all those links will be posted along with the show on the site. There were 15 sites mentioned in this fourth episode, some planned, some not. We're still using on this show.
  • The basic MP3 feed is here, and the iPod friendly one is here. There's a number of other ways you can get it (streaming, straight download, etc) that are all up on the site just below the fold. I use iTunes, myself, to listen to most podcasts, but I also use FeedDemon and it's built in support. IPodder is also a nice, free, client.
  • Note that for now, because of bandwidth constraints, the feeds always have just the current show. If you want to get an old show (and because many Podcasting Clients aren't smart enough to not download the file more than once) you can always find them at
  • I have, and will, also include the enclosures to this feed you're reading, so if you're already subscribed to ComputerZen and you're not interested in cluttering your life with another feed, you have the choice to get the 'cast as well.
  • If there's a topic you'd like to hear, perhaps one that is better spoken than presented on a blog, or a great tool you can't live without, contact me and I'll get it in the queue!

Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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February 01, 2006 21:42

Your discussion about TestDriven.Net and NCoverBrowser got me thinking. I am a solo programmer who sometimes works with another progammer on projects. This testing system sounds like a great tool but I would like to know more. Could you do a spot with Carl on his dnrTV project explaining how to use it and give examples of some of the functionality?
February 02, 2006 1:22
I'm in the process of improving our devs' automated build and server hosted automated build. Thanks for providing us with the timely topic.
February 03, 2006 7:42
This was a great podcast, Scott. Thanks! We've put together pretty much all the tools you discussed into our CI system over the past year. I never got into Simian, though -- the licensing and lack of source always seemed a little strange to me... any insight into that project?

Also, the SuppressMessage stuff in the FxCop that ships with VS2005 has made FxCop hugely more useable within CC.NET to us. Only the violations that you haven't already fixed or suppressed pop out of the build.

One last thing -- what's the strategy for doing the "silent" install and kicking off integration tests? This would be great for putting our WiX-built MSIs through their paces. Is there some way that you fire up a clean VPC, copy the installer and then run it?

Congrats on the new show. As a fellow tools-junkie developer, I get a lot out of it.

February 04, 2006 3:41
I've been playing with NAnt the whole day today to see if I could use it to replace our current build software (Visual Build Pro). The answer is YES! NAnt rocks! Although it doesn't have a nice UI, I can totally go without it. You mentioned about the UI tool for NAnt in your blog, Scott. $250 for the software is ridiculous, I agree. NAnt GUI seems to be another good open source project. :-)

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