computer dedicated to sequential
releases works really well when the development team is
co-located. This computer acts as a physical token to control
releasing. There is also an objective last
word on what the current build contains. Developers have a source
for final arbitration on integration problems. The computer allows
developers to see who is releasing and when. When the release computer
is occupied no other changes can be released, stability is ensured.
latest combined unit test suite can be run before releasing. Because a
single computer is used the test suite is always up to date. If the
run at 100% the changes are committed, if they fail the changes
debugged or backed
and debugged at the developers own workstation.
can be very tempting to substitute automated build software for an
integration computer. Sharing a vital resource helps build a sense of
community. Team members can't become isolated from each other if they
share. Seeing who is releasing and how often helps keep continuous
integration happening often. Having one programming pair integrate at a
time limits the scope of debugging if the build fails.