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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

What's your preferred development infrastructure stack?

Over the years, I've used many different source control systems, wikis, bug trackers and continuous integration servers. On many projects, I've been responsible for recommending and helping to install these systems. For the most part, they've often been disparate, meaning there wasn't a whole lot of integration between the various applications. Here's a list of all the different systems I've used:

I believe all of these applications are useful in supporting an efficient development process. When clients have asked me to help them build this type of infrastructure, I've often asked if they wanted to pay for it or not. If not, I'd recommend Trac (since it has a wiki, source viewer and bug tracker all-in-one) and Hudson. If they were willing to pay, I'd recommend the Atlassian Suite (Confluence, JIRA and Bamboo).

These stacks all seem to work pretty well and the Atlassian Suite certainly works great for AppFuse and other open source projects. However, I recently had the pleasure of working at Chordiant Software where we used Chordiant Mesh to collaborate and develop software. Their Mesh system is powered by Jive Clearspace and provides a wealth of tools for each project, including a dashboard, discussions, documents, notifications and widgets providing status + links to JIRA and Bamboo.

Even though Clearspace's rich text editor caused me some early frustration, I really enjoyed the fact that a solid development infrastructure existed. It made it much easier to collaborate, document and execute our development process. I realize that it's difficult to build and maintain a custom development infrastructure stack. Chordiant had a whole team that developed, enhanced and supported their environment. But that doesn't mean it's impossible and not worth striving for.

I think there's a number of best-of-breed applications you can use to build a sweet development infrastructure stack.

  • Source Control: Git
  • Source Viewer: FishEye
  • Wiki: Jive SBS
  • Bug Tracker: JIRA
  • Continuous Integration: Hudson

I've only used Git for a few weeks, but I can easily tell it's better than Subversion. I don't think it's easy to convince companies to switch their source control system, so it's probably not worth arguing if you're already using Subversion. I can also envision using Confluence instead of Jive SBS, but then you lose forum support and have to use something like Mailman or Google Groups. JIRA Studio looks close to my dream stack, except it doesn't support Git or a forum + mailing list system.

What is your preferred development infrastructure stack? Why?

Posted in Java at Jan 12 2010, 09:54:46 PM MST 30 Comments