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Where have all the hosted continuous integration services gone?

Lately I have been on a continuous integration (CI) kick and have been examining the pros and cons of different CI servers such as Team City, Bamboo, Cruise Control. The first thing that I am sure of so far is that I only want to manage one server, so my first requirement is that the CI server in question should be able to handle .NET, Java, Python, Perl, etc. projects by shuffling them off to one or several build agents. The second thing that I am sure of is that I do not want to manage a CI server! You can get almost anything for free or for a low price on this inter web these days, so where is the web site offering a CI server? SourceForge doesn’t. JetBrains doesn’t. Atlassian doesn’t. Where have all the hosted continuous integration services gone?

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13 thoughts on “Where have all the hosted continuous integration services gone?

  1. Hi,

    Interesting post you have about hosted Continuous Integration services.

    We here at Atlassian are certainly looking at a hosted CI option with Bamboo both as a standalone service, and as part of our JIRA Studio (http://www.jira.com/) offering.

    It’s still early stages, so stay tuned for more on this!

    Cheers,
    Edwin

  2. Glad to hear it! At my job we are currently looking into buying the Atlassian suite. We already have Jira and Confluence.

  3. Good to hear it! In my current job I am currently debating whether or not to implement Team Foundation Server 2008 or Subversion + Team City in my own environment. I am used to SVN and TC, but since I am now leading a shop of .NET developers who are entry level, the hand-holding that TFS provides seems to be of the most importance. If only the product was not so much trouble to care and maintain for. It requires the TFS administrator to also have server administrator rights on the database and SharePoint servers :(

  4. Although I’m a big fan of Subversion and work on multiple open source projects, we’ve been using TFS 2008 on my main project this year and I recommend it highly. It’s excellent for merge/branching if you have large teams … beats SVN, certainly. And the other stuff it does is nice too, though we continue to use CC.Net for CI.

    Dan

  5. Dan,

    Sounds like we agree completely. I would love to take advantage of the features of TFS, but for several reasons we cannot. Some I outlined in my previous comment, but there are more:

    – TFS is built to be a corporate source control system. It does not really promote federated access, or anonymous access. This is especially true of Team System Web Access.

    – The web access is quite poor compared to that of TeamCity.

    – The haphazard integration with SharePoint is really bad. They need to remove the SP dependency and simply integrate a WIKI into TSWA.

    Thank you for your comments!

  6. Hey,

    Here you have other alternative, Clinker. It’s a Software Development Ecosystem based on the integration of stable and consolidated solutions approved by developers, communities and businesses. Built from a conceptual integration model based on this type of solutions.

    redmine + trac + jenkins + sonar + nexus + subversion + powerful SSO

    Regards,

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