Pragmatic Project Automation: How To Build, Deploy, And Monitor Java Apps (Pragmatic Starter Kit) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/7/28
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Forget wizards, you need a slave - someone to do your repetitive, tedious and boring tasks, without complaint and without pay, so you'll have more time to design and write exciting code. Indeed, that's what computers are for. You can enlist your own computer to automate all of your project's repetitive tasks, ranging from individual builds and running unit tests through to full product release, customer deployment, and monitoring the system. Many teams try to do these tasks by hand. That's usually a really bad idea: people just aren't as good at repetitive tasks as machines. You run the risk of doing it differently the one time it matters, on one machine but not another, or doing it just plain wrong. But the computer can do these tasks for you the same way, time after time, without bothering you. You can transform these labor-intensive, boring and potentially risky chores into automatic, background processes that just work. In this eagerly anticipated book, you'll find a variety of popular, open-source tools to help automate your project. With this book, you will learn: how to make your build processes accurate, reliable, fast, and easy; how to build complex systems at the touch of a button; how to build, test, and release software automatically, with no human intervention; technologies and tools available for automation: which to use and when; and tricks and tips from the masters (do you know how to have your cell phone tell you that your build just failed?)You'll find easy-to-implement recipes to automate your Java project, using the same popular style as the rest of our Jolt Productivity Award-winning Starter Kit books. Armed with plenty of examples and concrete, pragmatic advice, you'll find it's easy to get started and reap the benefits of modern software development. You can begin to enjoy pragmatic, automatic, unattended software production that's reliable and accurate every time.
Mike Clark is an author, speaker, consultant, and most importantly, he's a programmer. He is co-author of Bitter EJB (Manning), editor of the JUnit FAQ, and frequent speaker at software development conferences. Mike has been crafting software professionally since 1992 in the fields of aerospace, telecommunications, financial services, and the Internet. In addition to helping develop commercial software tools, Mike is the creator of several popular open-source tools including JUnitPerf and JDepend.
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The end result should be a process where a large number of human errors during deployment would be caught or avoided, gaining better confidence in what has been released.
Technologies used in this book are: Java, Ant, CruiseControl, scripting, JUnit. There is talk of Maven, but I guess that it was not yet as prominent in 2004 as it is today. The same techniques can easily be applied to .NET, PHP, Python or any other development environment.
Since most examples assume a website for a project, I wish that there would be a section on how a client-server app with a database would fit this model.
One thing that I find awkward is the choice of Version Control, it is still CVS. This book was published in 2004, when SVN has already showed its superiority over CVS.
This book does contain everything one need to know to start using project automation at your shop. I would recommend a place on developer's bookshelf for this book.
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Tidbits like this make this book worth it. If you're not using CruiseControl yet, you should definately consider it. Then pair it with CheckStyle!