Buildix

April 27, 2007

Some days before my travel to Valencia, I have seen this amazing tool.

Buildix is a GNU/Linux distribution that combines some tools:

And all of them with an little apache front end for manage users for all components. I have seen the demo and I decided to try it.

I'm using trac for my projects and subversion, I think that it's a great combination. Trac forces you to think for tickets, you could think tickets as little things that add value and for register bugs too. Then you can only concentrate in these tickets and no write more extra code that doesn't add any value.

Then, the subversion server allows you to drop code ownership; and in a little time you could share your changes and patches. And one interesting thing about trac and subversion, the hooks. With the hooks, you can write in your svn message:

refs #ticketNumber

Stuff, Foo, Bar ...

And then, you can go to the ticket URL in trac and see this changes as comments, with this little things you can concentrate about the value. You also can close a ticket.

The only thing that I don't know is CruiseControl, is for create automated building and test the application (also pass a pretty printer for code), by this time I have only seen working with Java. I have seen CruiseControl for .NET. I don't know if there are any platform for get continous integration in a more generic way, for example: For Java, you can use Maven, or Ant or Makefiles too, for Mono you can use NMaven, NAnt and makefiles too. I believe that one tool that be capable to build the entire project in an heterogeneus scenario, for example: If you are developing a C# application and build with NAnt, the tool take care of this and use NAnt for compile. The same, if you are writing a Java application. The same if you are writing a C/C++application, using Makefiles.

I think we can abstract this component a bit more and get a more generic builder, with different backends.

And the last one idea for today, I have think about a distribution for developers. For example, the ubuntu people has the Sun Toolchain for write Java applications. Or the Mono VMWare images for test. Every developer write the code in a different way, but for example a distribution with libraries (log4net, nmock, nunit, mono, monodevelop ...) Or in the Java way a distro including (log4java, netbeans or eclipse, java, tomcat, jboss...)

And that's all for today.

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