ABCs of BPD (Build, Package and Deploy)

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Build Process
Prior to performing a build process, a build infrastructure must be in place. This typically includes validating the platform in which the build will occur, identifying and installing appropriate compiler/translator/IDE tools, and establishing a clean-room build workspace.

A typical build process includes:

·         Identify the items that need to be built (they should be in a common SCM tool repository)

·         Begin the build (execute the specific build commands)

·         Pipe all build output to a log file

·         Review the build results & address any build issues (as appropriate)

·         Optional: the build is smoke tested to validate that the core functionality runs properly

·         If the build was successful and of significance (e.g., milestone, test, release):

·         Label the versions of the source code that was used in the build

·         Note: since the build process is iterative (occurs very often), consider automating the build process as much as possible

Package

Package is more completely defined by identifying all pieces that make up a package (eventually targeted for release) and validating its readiness via test. This includes the output from the build and includes other items like scripts, database items, documents, etc., that create a package of deliverables that runs in a test or production environment.

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