IBM Rational ClearCase, Ant, and CruiseControl: The Java Developer's Guide to Accelerating and Automating the Build Process

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Coverage includes

· 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™

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321356994
  • Publisher: IBM Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin A. Lee has more than a decade of experience in implementing software build and release management practices on projects of various sizes. He joined Rational Software, UK in 2000 as a technical field representative. Today he is still helping customers ensure successful deployment and adoption of the IBM Rational Software Development Platform. In addition to delivering presentations at IBM Rational user conferences worldwide and writing articles for IBM developerWorks, he maintains a Web site dedicated to build and release management (www.buildmeister.com). He also contributes to related open-source projects such as Apache Ant and CruiseControl. In his previous positions at large telecom organizations, he deployed the Rational Software Configuration Management (SCM) toolset on multisite enterprise projects. He holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of East Anglia.

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Table of Contents

Preface xix

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

Glossary 315

Bibliography 325

Index 327

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