O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
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Session

Pragmatic Project Automation with Ruby
Mike Clark, President, Clarkware Consulting

Track: Ruby
Time: 11:35am - 12:20pm

They say the cobbler's child is the last to have shoes. It's the same for software developers--we write applications for others, but rarely take the time to automate our own processes. This is crazy: if we let our computers do more of the repetitive, tedious, and boring work for us, then not only do we free up our time to do more worthwhile things, we also guarantee more repeatable results.

This talk gives you soup-to-nuts recipes for automating your software project (and your life!) using Ruby:

- Creating a one-step build and test process with Rake and Test::Unit
- Continuously integrating your code with DamageControl
- Turning step-by-step manual procedures into push-button Ruby scripts
- Packaging, deploying, and installing applications with ease using Ruby Gems
- Generating project metrics and synoptic displays
- Monitoring builds and running programs with email, RSS, your cell phone, and even lava lamps!



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