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Pro .NET Best Practices by Stephen D. Ritchie

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C H A P T E R  9

Build Automation

In the early days of software development the phrase build automation referred to automating the steps necessary to compile and link a program to create an application. Today, that phrase encompasses so much more. Creating an automated build refers to things that include build integration, unit testing, code analysis, and deployment. This book distinguishes between build automation and continuous integration (CI). By way of analogy, think of the build tools as musical instruments and build automation as the playing of those instruments. In this analogy, the practice of continuous integration is the orchestration, which is discussed in Chapter 10.

This chapter covers build tools in their traditional role of ...

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