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Optimize your entire Java build and release process with ClearCase®, Ant, and CruiseControl
Better builds mean better software. Effective, regular build processes accelerate development and improve quality, helping you identify small problems early, before they grow complex and costly to fix. Now, there’s a step-by-step guide to creating Java build processes that are right for your organization. Leading build and release management expert Kevin Lee introduces best practices for integrating and using three exceptionally powerful and recognized industry standard tools: IBM Rational® ClearCase software configuration management system, the open source Ant build tool, and CruiseControl for automating continuous builds.
No previous build experience is necessary: Lee thoroughly explains everything from configuring SCM environments and defining build scripts through to release packaging and deployment. He offers solutions and techniques for both Base ClearCase and Unified Change Management (UCM)–IBM Rational’s best practice Software Configuration Management usage model. Key techniques are presented in real-world context, through a full-fledged three-tier application case study.
Whether you are a software developer, manager, or integrator, this book will help you create better builds–and reap the benefits in efficiency, traceability, quality, and speed.
· Ensuring that every build you create is complete, consistent, and reproducible
· Configuring a ClearCase-controlled environment to support your development organization’s build and release process
· Installing Ant and configuring it to build all of your project assets
· Integrating Ant with ClearCase and effectively using them together
· Installing CruiseControl and configuring it to schedule and automate different types of builds
· Integrating CruiseControl with ClearCase to schedule builds and automate baselines and reports
· Creating custom baseline and change request reports
· Setting up automatic notification whenever build problems arise
· Creating and packaging releasable, traceable builds with ClearCase and ClearQuest™
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
quick to get started with clearcase, ant & cruisecontrol,
This review is from: IBM Rational ClearCase, Ant, and CruiseControl: The Java Developer's Guide to Accelerating and Automating the Build Process (Paperback)"IBM Rational ClearCase, Ant and CruiseControl" walks the reader through setting up automated builds. It is useful if you are doing exactly what the book discusses. In particular, you should be using all three of these technologies and want to do standard builds.
The concepts were excellent. There was a strong emphasis on understanding the terminology. For examples, configuration management and build terms were clearly discussed. The roles involved were also described.
The author introduces code as constructs/idioms rather than as syntax. He calls these "best practices." I don't think of them as best practices, but the idioms are very useful in getting started quickly. Due to this approach, the book doesn't offer much instruction on customization.
The coverage of ClearCase was very thorough. The book includes both the Base ClearCase and ClearCase UCM. Ant and CruiseControl were covered enough to automate a standard J2EE build with... Read more
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good overall view of the build management process...,
This review is from: IBM Rational ClearCase, Ant, and CruiseControl: The Java Developer's Guide to Accelerating and Automating the Build Process (Paperback)If you're a Java developer, you likely have (or should have) some sort of automated build process. IBM Rational ClearCase, Ant, and CruiseControl: The Java Developer's Guide to Accelerating and Automating the Build Process by Kevin A. Lee shows how this is done using these particular tools.
Part 1 - Overview: Introduction to Software Build and Release Management
Part 2 - Environment: Tools of the Trade; Configuring Your SCM Environment
Part 3 - Definition: Defining Your Build and Release Scripts; Apache Ant Best Practices
Part 4 - Execution: Running Your Build Scripts; CruiseControl Best Practices
Part 5 - Reporting: Baseline and Change Request Reports; Build Reporting and Auditing
Part 6 - Release: The Art of Releasing; Release Packaging and Deployment
Part 7 - Conclusion: Putting It All Together
Glossary; Bibliography; Index
There are a multitude of tools out... Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best practices are well documented.,
This review is from: IBM Rational ClearCase, Ant, and CruiseControl: The Java Developer's Guide to Accelerating and Automating the Build Process (Paperback)This is a straight-forward, to-the point reading. Version controlling approach and build processes are reflecting real-life situations. Code and processes are well documented.
Part I Overview 1
Chapter 1 Introduction to Software Build and Release Management 3
Part II Environment 17
Chapter 2 Tools of the Trade 19
Chapter 3 Configuring Your SCM Environment 37
Part III Definition 61
Chapter 4 Defining Your Build and Release Scripts 63
Chapter 5 Apache Ant Best Practices 81
Part IV Execution 109
Chapter 6 Running Your Build Scripts 111
Chapter 7 CruiseControl Best Practices 131
Part V Reporting 163
Chapter 8 Baseline and Change Request Reports 165
Chapter 9 Build Reporting and Auditing 195
Part VI Release 229
Chapter 10 The Art of Releasing 231
Chapter 11 Release Packaging and Deployment 259
Part VII Conclusion 291
Chapter 12 Putting It All Together 293
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