16 Oct 04

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lava lamps are visual feedback devices. But what if you can’t see your project’s lamps because they’re connected to a build machine that’s halfway around the world?

12 Oct 04

Boiling .NET Code

Curtis Olson contributed this story about how to control lava lamps from CruiseControl.NET.

04 Oct 04

Xcode On CruiseControl

CruiseControl is for building Java projects, right? Not so fast. This article describes how to put Xcode projects—Cocoa, Objective-C, and Java projects—on CruiseControl.

30 Sep 04

Monitoring .NET Applications with WMI

Here’s a resource for the .NET folks out there that explains how to use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to string trip wires in your .NET application.

25 Sep 04

NSIS 2.01 Released

The latest release of the NSIS installer/uninstaller lets you create continuous builds of Windows applications on a *nix server.

24 Sep 04

Builds In Surround Sound

Ah, it’s Friday—the end of another long week slaving behind a hot keyboard. Here’s a fun story of how one project has spiced up their build process to play success and failure sounds.

22 Sep 04

One Build File, Many Deployment Environments

Daniel Frey sent in this report describing how he uses Ant’s immutable properties and code generation to build a J2EE application for any given deployment environment at the push of a button.

19 Sep 04

Programs That Growl

Growl is a central notification system for Mac OS X that makes it easy to send notifications from your applications that get displayed on the screen.

18 Sep 04

Upcoming Project Automation Talks

Mike Clark is scheduled to speak on Pragmatic Project Automation at several upcoming venues. Here’s the current schedule.

17 Sep 04

Tracking Projects by the Dashboard Lights

Check out this insightful article describing how one team uses automation—powered by Ruby and Java—to keep a large, geographically distributed Java project on track.

14 Sep 04

Programming Ruby 2 Available For Pre-Order

The book Programming Ruby 2 (aka the PickAxe book) is now available for pre-order. It’s a great way to get started using Ruby for your automation needs.

14 Sep 04

Quartz Quick Start

A quick-start tutorial for scheduling jobs with Quartz, an open source job scheduling system written in Java.

12 Sep 04

Your Router Is On Fire

Another example of how visual feedback devices transcend software development.

09 Sep 04


Glenn Vanderburg shares a story from the field about why you should always assume that you’ll need a real programming language if you want to allow your software system to be automated through commands, and how doing so can make your system more robust.

08 Sep 04

Your Project's Unlikely Hero

Jeffrey Fredrick’s excellent article on continuous integration draws an important distinction between nightly builds and continuous integration, and describes how his project customized CruiseControl to meet their needs.