Build and Deployment Process for Web Applications


build of this configuration was able to use the build parameters already a part of the progressively more automated build process.

Leading e-Service Impacted the Trailing e-Service
The service LServe depended upon MServe. MServe implemented new utilities as it was supporting another web application. The new utilities at times caused build failures.

Did we meet our goals?
We achieved most of our goals—clean build, simple tools, build on demand, build and deploy together, and automation. It was a diligent approach to develop the build and deploy process in small steps. The approach resulted in a single script for both developers and the build miesters. A big bang approach normally is not goal oriented and takes a longer time to build a satisfactory process. The process revealed that the open source environment does require more attention and communication is the key to avoiding build failures.

The author would like to acknowledge Mark Dovi, Software Development Engineer, who actively participated in the implementation of this process. The later development was carried out by Petar Obradovic, Software Development Engineer, who is still enthused about making further refinements. The author greatly appreciates their support in preparing this manuscript and accompanied presentation.


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