[TIP] Everybody wants a pony!

Jesse Noller jnoller at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 09:23:41 PDT 2009

On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM, Kumar McMillan
<kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 9:32 AM, C. Titus Brown <ctb at msu.edu> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> one thing that became clear at PyCon this year is that everyone wants a
>> pony.  Preferably a pink pony.
>> (You had to be there.)
>> Anyway, along the lines of a pony, I am proposing to build or extend a
>> replacement for buildbot that will serve those of you who need a simpler
>> and more easily-installable continuous interation framework.  I have a
>> few basic ideas, but I'd love to hear what everyone else has to say.
> I hate to be "that guy;" I love Python, really I do, but what I love
> more is when a great open source tool with great documentation and a
> community of maintainers solves a problem better than any other tool.
> It makes the decision process easy.
> It's called Hudson:
> https://hudson.dev.java.net/
> Yes, it is written in Java but Java is ubiquitous and Hudson is light
> years beyond Buildbot.  Anyone (i.e. non-programmers) can configure
> builds and workflows very easily.
> If not obvious from the documentation, you can build and test
> anything, it doesn't have to be Java.  At Leapfrog we have converted
> all of our Python and Ruby buildbots to Hudson (oh did I say that out
> loud?) and have never been happier or more efficient in how we do
> continuous integration.  You don't need anything special in your tests
> to use Hudson but you get some extra details (that buildbot never
> provided) if you use xunit style test output.  There are several nose
> plugins for this like Nosexunit -- the androgynous plugin.  Example:
> nosetests --with-nosexunit
> Titus, if you *must* spend your precious spare time (your hourly rate
> is what now? priceless?) on this then at the very least make a Python
> clone of Hudson :)  But seriously, give it a fair try and I think
> you'll like it.
> It has a plugin system too.  I assume one could write plugins using Jython even.

I don't think what titus is proposing would omit the idea or
expansion-to a hudson-clone. In fact, I'd like to add some of the
ideas and concepts found in hudson to something like this.


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