Build Workshop 2: Build Harder

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Release engineering is important and we're going to pay more attention to it. The Europa Build Workshop in Portland in September 2006 was our first step.

As experienced software developers, we all know that release engineering is an essential part of building high-quality frameworks and tools. Motivated by our desire to reduce the manual overhead of cross-project release engineering for the upcoming coordinated releases of Eclipse 3.5 and 4.0, it's time for another meeting of the minds.

Contents

Dates

The session runs from 10am to 5pm on June 26, 2008.

Location

The event will be held at the Eclipse Foundation offices in Ottawa [1].

Goals

There are two possible deliverables here: "vserver via image file" and "deployment to pre-existing server via script."

These will be explored and prototyped this:

  • Brainstorming
  • Relative differences between needs of single-serving projects (GEF, VE, PDT), composite projects (Modeling, DSDP, STP) & coordinated projects (Europa, Ganymede, EPP)
  • Relative pros/cons of using vservers images as "buildserver in a box" deployables at Eclipse
  • Discuss legal issues with distribution of a vserver / vmware / virtualbox / ISO image
  • Discuss benefits to Foundation / community if such an offering were possible
  • Relative pros/cons of using a script to deploy new projects to an uberbuilder server, eg., build.eclipse.org
  • Relative pros/cons of providing both options
  • Prototyping

Attendees

Though it's admittedly short notice, the date for this event was selected to coincide w/ the Ganymede Release party & Demo Camp on June 25, so that people might already be in town and have all their build pain fresh in mind.

If you have had, or will have, build and/or release engineering responsibilities for an Eclipse project, please consider attending.

It is important for attendees to have real-world knowledge of their build system - this is not a meeting for managers, it's a workshop for do-ers. You were also welcome to attend if you have substantial related experience and a willingness to contribute to the workshop's goals.

How to register

Sign here:

  • Denis Roy, Eclipse Webmaster, organizer/host
  • Nick Boldt, Modeling Project Releng, organizer

Agenda

Like any good EclipseCON tutorial, the workshop will start with talk, then move into actual hands-on coding.

Results

Build Workshop 2: Build Harder/Report: TBD.

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