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Dynamically restartable automated distributed multiplatform software build process

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014505D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Jerrold Heyman Rob Tulloh

Abstract

Disclosed here is a method and process for having a dynamically restartable automated distributed multiplatform software build process. The problem that is being solved is one that is prevalent among any software development shop that supports multiple platforms (where platform is defined as different OSes and/or different hardware). The goal is always to provide a way to deliver all platforms simultaneously. One method that accomplishes this objective is what is disclosed here. Currently, software create for multiple platforms can be difficult to do because of the fundamental differences within the different Operating Systems. Because of that, generic tools are generally used, and have to be watched to make sure that no build breaks (bad compilations, bad linking) take place. If a break does occur, then having to restart all the different platforms at an intermediate point can be difficult to accomplish. The build process used is basically the following: 1) Create the necessary baseline deltas 2) Extract the baseline code