Archive for July, 2009

Nice article on build automation

July 4, 2009

Check out this nice write up about build automation.  In particular, note the bit about keeping tabs on code quality.

I think it’s often overlooked that “quality injection” is a huge benefit of CI.  Yes, it’s all well and good that your code compiles, but that doesn’t really tell you much about the quality or give you any useful metrics you can act on.

There’s a handful of utilities out there that you can tie into your build to collect info about your codebase (checkstyle, coverity, simian, findbugs to name a few).

Point is – when you start thinking about how you can leverage your automated build to inject quality into your process, things can get really interesting.

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How does your CM fu stack up?

July 3, 2009

One of the challenges of investing the time and effort into pimping out your build and ci setup (or more generally, CM processes) is how to measure success. Where’s the ROI in having your top dude spend days writing ANT scripts?

Check out this great post about how to measure your success with change management.