This article shows you how to use the open source Apache Maven build management tool to automate build and deployment projects on IBM® SmartCloud Enterprise. It demonstrates how to integrate the management of virtual machines on the cloud into the build and deployment life cycle by developing an Apache Maven plug-in that looks up and creates virtual machines that run a J2EE application server on the cloud.
There are a number of challenges that make the deployment task more difficult. Alex reviews the common techniques for deploying new databases and upgrading existing ones, and their flaws, and argues the advantages of an automated, incremental, script-based approach to deployments
This article examines the whys and wherefores of continuous integration, and examines two of the leading (open source) tools for providing this service: Draco.NET and CruiseControl.NET. You will see how to get each up and running, and compare their strengths and weaknesses to determine when each is a better fit for your organization.
In part one of this two part article, you will learn about five of the top ten "worst offenders" of misconfigurations of application security that can cause overall problems for ASP.NET Web-based applications. Learn more about how to secure the Web.config files of an ASP.NET application.
Installing software is often a painful chore for most users. The installation package you generate — the "last mile" of software development — can make the difference between user adoption and another product thrown into the virtual waste bin. In this installment of Automation for the people, automation expert Paul Duvall demonstrates how the freely available, open source IzPack tool for writing wizard-based installers can make installing your software a snap for users.
Apache Maven is more than just build automation. When positioned at the very heart of your development strategy, Apache Maven can become a force multiplier not just for individual developers but for Agile teams and managers. This article covers some of the most prevalent, popular, and proven software engineering practices like build automation and project modularization.
The frequency of releasing software varies widely in the industry. There can be good reasons for extended periods between public releases of software, but your development culture or methodology should never be a block. If the test and release process is made as reliable and predictable as possible, then everyone gains. But how do you get started?
In this second part of a two-part series, you will learn about application security issues related to authentication and authorization, as well as five vulnerabilities commonly found in ASP.NET web-based applications. Additionally, find out how to keep configuration files from being unintentionally modified by uninformed programmers or administrators, as well as why it is critical to never rely on default setting values.
Deploying applications can sometimes be a challenging process, involving large, complex installations. Oracle Data Access Components 11g with Xcopy deployment, however, enables Oracle Data Provider for .NET (ODP.NET) developers deploying their applications to take advantage of key features that reduce client installation size, complexity, and maintenance.
Here is the story of how in a single morning we migrated our repositories (not a large number of codebases) from Subversion to Git. I won't include much configuration commands, since there are already very good howtos that I now know by heart and which you can follow to setup your own Git server. What I'll tell you in this article are our experience in migrating and the whole story of how we did it from scratch (an additional, empty virtual server).