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Me like CruiseControl.NET

July 29, 2007

One of the things I've picked up from the big book of developer tools is CruiseControl.NET aka CC.NET. CC.NET is a continuous integration system that automates the entire build, test and deployment cycle.

Setting it up was a breeze. I've spent approximately 6 hours to set it up for all my home projects. At first I wanted to use NAnt, as I've heard a lot of great things about it. After playing with it for a while I decided to go with MSBuild instead. Why?

  • The  was a real pain as I'm using NUnit 2.4.1.
  • The MSBuild Community Tasks are really sweet. The NAntContrib tasks are sweet too, but NUnit support is a big thing for me. The task of the MSBuild Community Tasks is really, really easy to use.
  • MSBee is freaking cool. I've used it at work a while ago where we had one code-base that needed to get compiled for .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0. This MSBuild extension let's you do just that and a lot more.

The only bad thing about NAnt and MSBuild is the fact that they are declarative programming languages. I don't like programming in XML!

The unit test, code coverage and FxCop results are nicely incorporated by CC.NET using publishers.

This stuff is supported out-of-the-box, so you don't have to do anything extra.

Now that I have my continuous integration server up and running, maybe it's time to automate my project management as well. There's this other product from ThoughtWorks, called Mingle, that looks very promising. I have to have a software application that manages my agile home projects, aren't I ;-)

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Jan Van Ryswyck

Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m a professional software developer since Y2K. A blogger since Y2K+5. Curator of the Awesome Talks list. Past organizer of the European Virtual ALT.NET meetings. Thinking and learning about all kinds of technologies since forever.

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