Book of the Week : Continuous Integration Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk

continuous-integration-improving-software-quality-reducing-riskThis week book covers Continuous Integration. A great book by Paul Duvall, Steve Matyas and Andrew Glover. Quality software is something that all developers want to achieve. However there are obstacles along the way. Continuous integration helps developers, especially those working in a team.

According to Paul Duvall, co-author of Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk, best practices of CI include:

  • Committing code frequently.
  • Categorizing developer tests.
  • Using a dedicated integration build machine.
  • Using continuous feedback mechanisms.
  • Staging builds.

Source: Search Software Quality

Selected reviews from Amazon:

First, the book introduces the core practices of CI (regular builds, tests, and deployment), then goes on to demonstrate how it facilitates other, more advanced practices, which gain value when automated, such as enforcing code style, and recording code metrics.

It does not assume any particular platform, although most of the code uses Java and C# (and associated XML configuration). As a result, it will appeal most to those who want general guidance about why CI is a good idea, what to put under CI, how often to integrate, how long to allow the build to take, what to do if builds are too slow, etc. There’s clearly no one-size-fits-all answer to this and this not a step-by-step tutorial book, so you’ll need to adapt the code samples given in this book for your own ends.

Thing with a hook – Amazon

The book contains more than 40 practices related to this important subject. For me, an experienced software engineer who already uses and knows a lot of CI tools, the best chapters are those which illuminate how to do Continuous Database Integration (Chapter 5), Continuous Testing (Chapter 6) and Continuous Inspection (Chapter 7).

Another great plus of this book is Appendix B on how to evaluate CI Tools. It gives a lot of hints to choose the right CI tool for your project or company.

Even if you are an experienced CI practitioner this book is a welcome addition. It shows why each practice is important and what are the benefits to use it on a SW development project.

If you are a beginner or intermediate practitioner in the Continuous Integration World this book is a must have. You will receive a lot of wisdom collected by the authors during their careers.

Jose Papo – Amazon

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