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Continuous Integration

Continuous Integration is a software development practice where members of a team integrate their work frequently, usually each person integrates at least daily - leading to multiple integrations per day. Each integration is verified by an automated build (including test) to detect integration errors as quickly as possible. Many teams find that this approach leads to significantly reduced integration problems and allows a team to develop cohesive software more rapidly.
- Martin Fowler

The Top Six

Hudson
Hudson monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron.
Go Agile Release Management
Go provides rapid, automated feedback on the production readiness of your applications whenever changes are made to them. This enables you to release new functionality frequently and rapidly.
Apache Continuum
Apache Continuum is an enterprise-ready continuous integration server with features such as automated builds, release management, role-based security, and integration with popular build tools.
CruiseControl
CruiseControl is both a continuous integration tool and an extensible framework for creating a custom continuous build process.
Zed Builds And Bugs
Zed Builds And Bugs brings together continuous integration, task and bug management, discussion group and wiki applications for your team.
Apache Gump
Gump is Apache's continuous integration tool. It is written in python and fully supports Apache Ant, Apache Maven (1.x and 2.x) and other build tools.
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Steven M. Cherry  Jun 21, 2011 8:55:30 AM
I know there are lots of other CI applications out there and I'm working on filling out this list. I'm pulling information from the CI feature matrix hosted by thoughtworks.org and also pulling from Wikipedia and other software lists out there.

If you know of any others that are missing, feel free to drop a comment on this page and I'll look up the application that you point me to and get it on this page.

Thanks for your help!
Hericus Software  May 11, 2011 11:36:56 AM
There's also a great Continuous Integration tool comparison matrix hosted by thoughtworks here: http://confluence.public.thoughtworks.org/display/CC/CI+Feature+Matrix
Hericus Software  May 11, 2011 11:35:56 AM
Continuous Integration is a powerful tool for any software development group. It goes beyond it, though. You really need a tool that will help integrate your entire development process.
Anonymous  May 11, 2011 11:35:22 AM
This is a great set of CI information. Thanks for doing the work to put all of this together!
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