Continuous integration is a powerful concept, but its usefulness has been limited because it just doesn't scale easily, especially under a heavy load
Reston, VA (PRWEB) October 28, 2008
Electric Cloud®, the leading provider of software production management (SPM) solutions, today announced that a new version of its ElectricCommander® SPM automation software features an integration with the Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment), enabling Eclipse and Java developers to make the agile best practice of "continuous integration" truly scalable and reliable. ElectricCommander 3.0, available today, features "preflight builds and tests" accessible from the Eclipse IDE that can virtually eliminate broken builds and make continuous integration a reality for Java development shops.
Continuous integration is a well-known agile best practice that promises to speed development and improve quality, but it can actually slow development and hurt quality by introducing frequently broken builds. ElectricCommander 3.0 reduces broken builds with push-button preflight build and test functionality that catches errors early in the process, before they impact the productivity of the rest of the team. Through the Eclipse integration, ElectricCommander can deliver scalable, reliable continuous integration -- dubbed "Continuous Integration 2.0" -- to Java developers.
"Continuous integration is a powerful concept, but its usefulness has been limited because it just doesn't scale easily, especially under a heavy load," said Mike Maciag, Electric Cloud CEO. "With software getting larger and more complex, this problem will only escalate. ElectricCommander delivers 'Continuous Integration 2.0' for Eclipse and Java developers with a touch of a button, enabling them to recognize the benefits of integrating early and often for faster development and better quality code."
What are "preflight builds and tests"?
ElectricCommander automates and accelerates the software build-test-deploy process that follows the creation of new code, and a key new feature in ElectricCommander 3.0 is preflight builds and tests. Just as a pilot goes through a rigorous preflight check routine to ensure the plane is in top condition prior to takeoff, preflight builds and tests allow the developers themselves execute full builds and unit tests on production hardware prior to checking in their code changes. This provides feedback at the earliest possible moment and reduces the impact that an error will have on the rest of the team.
ElectricCommander 3.0 makes preflight builds truly push-button and easy for Eclipse developers to complete right from their IDE. It runs a clean source snapshot, overlays developer changes, and executes production build and test procedures across all targets, allowing developers the opportunity to commit only if they are successful. The ElectricCommander integration with Eclipse lets Java developers run "self-service" builds and preferably some tests, such as JUnit tests, across production-class machines, all before code check-in.
ElectricCommander supports Java or C development, with Ant or any another build utility. It features native, pinpoint reporting support for Junit, Nunit, NCover, Javadoc, and other Java development tools.
ElectricCommander 3.0 is available immediately. For more information about Electric Cloud's solutions, please go to http://www.electric-cloud.com.
About Electric Cloud
Electric Cloud is the leading provider of software production management (SPM) solutions. Electric Cloud solutions automate, accelerate and analyze software build-test-deploy processes to optimize both physical and virtual IT environments. The company's patented and award-winning products help development organizations to speed time to market, boost developer productivity, and improve software quality. Leading companies across a variety of industries, including semiconductors, enterprise IT, ISVs, mobile devices, and transactional Web sites rely on Electric Cloud's Software Production Management solutions to transform software production from a liability to a competitive advantage. For customer inquiries please contact Electric Cloud at (408) 419-4300 or http://www.electric-cloud.com.
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