Today, ZeroTurnaround's RebelLabs released their biannual developer productivity report, which asked over 2000 respondents what their tools of the trade were. InfoQ has been given access to the report and summarises its findings.
Five years in the making, Twitter has released the milestone version 1.0.0 of their Pants build tool, offering multi language support and improved scalability.
Microsoft has made available a kit for streamlining the process of deploying Java applications to Windows Azure.
Managing libraries and dependencies is tedious. Clojars is a new hosted repository for Clojure libraries inspired by Ruby Gems and Gemcutter. Together with a new build tool, Leiningen, Clojars takes the pain out of library management. InfoQ talked to Alex Osborne about Clojars and how it works.
Automation expert Paul Duvall highlights in a recent post the value of earlier and continuous integration of load tests throughout the development cycle and presents simple step-by-step techniques to create a scheduled integration build that runs JMeter tests.
Recently, there has been a lot of debate around the usefulness Maven, which is a Java-based build and dependency management tool being used in many projects. InfoQ took a closer look at this debate to understand what issues are being encountered, and what has resulted from the debate.
The ease of Ruby for scripting tasks makes it a very powerful candidate for writing your Test suites. Until recently there was no real standalone framework to test your Java with Ruby. JtestR, written by Ola Blini (a member of JRuby team) and Anda Abramovici, makes it possible now. Ruby coupled with powerful Ruby tools such as RSpec, mocha will make writing Java tests smoother.
Steven Haines from Quest has published an article demonstrating the use of performance analysis tools in the continuous build cycle as best practice and makes some thought provoking points about the cost of not doing so.
Most development organizations of a significant size have some form of coding standards and best practices. Simply documenting these standards and keeping them up to date can be a significant challenge and enforcing them even harder. Our organization has found that enforcing coding standards and best practices in an automated fashion through our build process has been highly effective.
Maven is a pattern-based build framework for Java and J2EE projects; more than just scripting builds for arbitrary projects, Maven knows about J2EE, Struts, Hibernate, etc. and has a prescribed way of structuring and organizing a project from its moment of creation through testing, packaging, and deployment.
As JRuby becomes a viable solution for real development tasks, former ThoughtWorker Matt Foemmel is hard at work improving the world of build scripts by replacing ant with rake. He's winning fans among heavy-hitters such as Martin Fowler.