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What is Continous Integration and Continous Integration Servers?

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The words of Mr.Martin Fowler

Continuous Integration(CI) is a software development practice where members of a team integrate their work frequently, usually each person integrates at least daily – leading to multiple integrations per day. Each integration is verified by an automated build (including test) to detect integration errors as quickly as possible. Many teams find that this approach leads to significantly reduced integration problems and allows a team to develop cohesive software more rapidly. This article is a quick overview of Continuous Integration summarizing the technique and its current usage.

By Going through his this great article and example about CI will defenitly help you to get the clean idea about this.

Advantages of Continuous integration

Continous Integration (CI) Servers

A server process or daemon which monitors the version control system for changes, then automatically runs the build process (e.g. a make script or Ant-style build script or Maven type) and then runs test scripts (e.g. JUnit or NUnit) can call as Contious Integration Server. In many cases the build script not only compiles binaries but also generates documentation, website pages, statistics and distribution media (such as Windows MSI files or RPM files).

Two Examples…

How to Choose a Continous Integration Server?

Going through this article in IBM Developer works by Mr.Paul Duvall (paul.duvall@stelligent.com), CTO, Stelligent Incorporated; will defently help you to make a decision in this matter.

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