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Wed, 18 Aug 2004

This is an archived blog post. I've switched to using WordPress as my blogging software and have not migrated all my old posts. I believe strongly in not letting an old link die, so this page continues to work. Please do visit mikemason.ca/blog to read newer posts.

Cruise and Anthill, part 2

My post last week on CruiseControl vs. Anthill Pro resulted in several emails, including a very well thought out response from Maciej Zawadzki, President of Urbancode (the company that develops Anthill). Maciej made several good points and I feel a clarifying post is in order.

Anthill and CruiseControl differ in their original design goals. Cruise is a Continuous Integration (CI) framework, whilst Anthill is a build server. This leads to the difference in approaches – scheduling builds verses monitoring source control for changes. Whilst Cruise can also function as a build server, for example scheduling a nightly build, its main purpose is CI. Similarly, whilst Anthill can be used to achieve CI, its main purpose is that of a build server.

Maciej noted that several of the problems with Anthill’s scheduling have been addressed in recent releases of Anthill. I’ll certainly make sure we check those out!

Finally there’s plenty of room in the market for both products. Realising that you need something to run builds and tell you when the build is broken is a quantum leap forward from “bad old days” checkin anarchy. If Anthill’s ease of installation helps get more people running an automated build, that’s great for our industry and should be applauded.

Posted 06:30, 18 Aug 2004.  

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