Continuous Integration Servers are often underspecified when it comes to hardware. In the early days of Automated Builds, the build server was quite often that old pc in the corner of the office, or an old server in the data center that no one else wanted. Developers weren't doing many builds per day, so it worked, it was probably slow but that didn't seem to matter much.
Fast forward 20 years, and the CI server is now a critical service. The volume and frequency of builds has increased dramatically, and a slow CI server can be a real problem in an environment where we want fast feedback on that code we just committed (even though it "worked on my machine"). Continuous Deployment only adds to the workload of the CI server.
In this post I'm going to cover off some ideas to hopefully improve the performance of your CI server.
The recent Visual Studio 2017 Update (also known as VS 15.3) introduced a problem with command line compilation when the Lightweight Solution Load feature is enabled.
Today we released updates to FinalBuilder and Continua CI which add Visual Studio 2017 RC support.
We have been working on moving Continua CI to .net 4.6.1 for a future release, and during this conversion (so far, mostly just updating nuget packages), we discovered an issue that turned out to be caused by a change to .net certificate validation.
Pretty much every native windows application these days includes an xml manifest file. This post shows how to modifiy those files in FinalBuilder
Announcing a TFS/VSO task for running FinalBuilder projects.
FinalBuilder 8 is now available for download.
This post shows how to add NTLM Single Sign on to Nancyfx applications using Owin on Windows.
Finalbuilder 8 Beta is now available for download. This post describes what's new/changed in FinalBuilder 8.
Continua version 1.5 is now available for download.