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Software Build Tools


Definition

Software Build Tools is a collection of tools used to create automated software builds.

This list of tools is growing and the functionality of the tools is expanding.

These tools have come along way in standardizing and simplifying the SCM Engineer's life in regarding to the automation of the software build.


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Build Tools

Tool Name

Platforms

Description
CruiseControl CruiseControl is an open source tool for continuous software builds.

This page is dedicated to supporting a specific CC implementation.

Build tools like CC are an integral part of Software Configuration Management, SCM.

FinalBuilder

Software projects are inherently complex, and creating a software build process can be fraught with errors and oversights.

FinalBuilder is a powerful Automated Build & Release Management tool that simplifies software build automation.

By packaging an extensive library of pre-written scripts into a graphical IDE, FinalBuilder equips you to easily define and maintain a reliable build process.

You don't have to concoct batch files, script or XML to free yourself of manual builds. Focus on developing great software and use FinalBuilder to automate your build process.

Maven Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project's build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information.
SCons

Windows
Unix
Linux

SCons is an Open Source software construction tool that is, a next generation build tool. Think of SCons as an improved, cross platform substitute for the classic Make utility with integrated functionality similar to autoconf/automake and compiler caches such as ccache.

In short, SCons is an easier, more reliable and faster way to build software.

Kinook's Visual Build

Windows

Visual Build enables developers and build masters to easily create an automated, repeatable process for building and deploying software.

Visual Build provides built-in actions for common build commands and products.



Build Automation

Build Automation is the key to implementing a successful Agile development methodology.

In its basic form, the "Build" is the conversion of source code into binaries.

Build Automation


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Software Build Best Practices

Following Software Build Best Practices helps ensure that your development environment is always in a state to build.

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Software Configuration Management Tools Table of Contents

Software Configuration Management Tools Software Configuration Management Tools are the tools and utilities used in administering source code, building software, install packaging, defect tracking, change management and managing software configurations.

SCM Tools SCM Tools is a list of the more popularly used Software Configuration Management Tools. The plan is compile an exhaustive list of tools and rate them according to their usability.

SCM Tool Reviews SCM Tool Reviews are a place to read reviews of software configuration management tools. Share your experiences with SCM tools. These reviews can benefits others who are searching for information.

Software Build Tools Software Build Tools is a collection of tools used to create automated software builds. This list is growing and the functionality of the tools is expanding.

Software Build Tool Reviews Software Build Tool Reviews is a place to come read reviews of software build tools. If you script software build tools, please share your experience with others.

Software Installation Tools Software Installation Tools is a collection of Install Packaging tools. These tools are used in simplifying and automating the installation or deployment of the application.

Software Installation Tool Reviews Software Installation Tools is a collection of Install Packaging tools. These tools are used in simplifying and automating the installation or deployment of the application.

Software Tracking Tools Software Tracking Tools are the tools and utilities used in tracking software changes, defects and software development progress.

CruiseControl CruiseControl is an open source tool setup specifically to perform continuous integration software builds. This page is high level overview of CC and its functionality and benefits. Software build tools like CC are an integral part of your Software Configuration Management System.

CruiseControl.Net CruiseControl.Net is an open source tool that facilitates the integration of software builds. This page is an overview of the CC.Net Tool and Process.

InstallShield Installer InstallShield Installer simplifies the process of creating reliable Windows Installers, MSI, packages and InstallScript installers for Window systems. InstallShield is the defacto standard for MSI installations.

Maven Maven is a tool that can now be used for building and managing any Java-based project.

Source Code Evaluation Source Code Evaluation -- In SCM, one of the most commonly asked questions is what SCM source code tools should I use. The answer is, it depends on your evaluation criteria. There are so many variables and considerations that go into the selection process. Now, the evaluation may be slightly different depending on your software development team and management requirements.

Subversion Subversion is the fastest growing SCM Source Control Tool. The goal of the SVN project was to build a source control tool that fixed many CVS limitations.

Subversion Commands Subversion Commands is a list of useful SVN tips and tricks for administering and managing your Subversion repository and application source code.

Team Foundation Server Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration tool server for Visual Studio Team System. It combines software build management, software development process model, team portal, version control, work item tracking, and business intelligence into a unified server. TFS allows better team collaboration in an effort to ensure better quality software.

TFS Commands TFS Commands is a list of useful Team Foundation Server tips and tricks for administering and managing your Team Foundation repository and source code.

TFS Licensing TFS licensing can be very confusing. Even though Microsoft has published much about this topic, many have unanswered questions. This page hopes to answer some of these questions.

Trac Commands Trac Commands - This page is a list of common Trac administration tasks and commands used to administer and support Trac databases.

VSS Commands VSS Commands - This page is a list of common VSS administration tasks and commands used to administer and support Visual SourceSafe, VSS History, VSS Admin Add.

Wise Installer The Wise Installer simplifies application and patch deployments through automation of software packages.



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