ABCs of BPD (Build, Package, and Deploy)


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 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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