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Continuous Integration

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There is one interesting article by Martin Fowler:

Continuous Integration is a software development practice where members of a team integrate their work frequently; usually each person integrates at least daily – leading to multiple integrations per day. Each integration is verified by an automated build (including test) to detect integration errors as quickly as possible. Many teams find that this approach leads to significantly reduced integration problems and allows a team to develop cohesive software more rapidly. This article is a quick overview of Continuous Integration summarizing the technique and its current usage.

An important part of any software development process is getting reliable builds of the software. Despite it’s importance, we are often surprised when this isn’t done. Here we discuss the process that Matt has put into place on a major project at ThoughtWorks, a process that is increasingly used throughout the company. It stresses a fully automated and reproducible build, including testing, that runs many times a day. This allows each developer to integrate daily thus reducing integration problems.

On the same line there is another article: Continuous Production – Production-ready software…any time.

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Written by Sandip

February 7, 2008 at 7:10 am

Posted in Engineering

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