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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Configuration Management with Ant, Bugzilla, and CVS
Jesse Tilly

Track: Java
Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Location: Marina III

They're all out there and they want your money. Names and products of popular configuration management tools include StarBase's StarTeam, Merant's PVCS, IBM's CMVC, and TeamPlay's TeamTrack. Contrary to popular belief, just because these products aren't open source, they do, in fact, work. In fact they work well. The solution they deliver is worth a lot of money (maybe not what they're charging, but a lot). Now, you may be thinking, "But my software is free. I want what these tools offer, but I just can't justify paying the money!" GOOD! At least you're thinking.

The unfortunate part is that many people in the open source community don't even get to the point of asking that question. The reason the proprietary tools work is that they enforce a good development process with their technology. They solve the problem of issue-to-revision maintenance and couple that with release management. By definition, the combination of issue maintenance, source control and release management is configuration management. Bugzilla, Ant, and CVS are good technologies in their own right, and they do their individual jobs very well. But, these programs, by themselves, don't enforce a configuration management process.

This presentation will give an overview of a configuration process that works. No theory is involved, just battle-tested facts. Those other systems work because they're built on time-tested methodologies that manage projects well. The same can be said with this methodology.it's just that -this- particular implementation costs a lot less.

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