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Automate Your IT Shop – St. Louis Day of .NET

I facilitated a discussion on Automating Your IT Shop at St. Louis Day of .NET. There was so much to talk about, we didn’t get to everything.

Here are the notes I took while we were talking.

Conversation Starter Questions

What tools do you use to automate?
What tools would you like to use?

What tools would you like to explore (time dependent)?

How do I know what to automate? Cost v. Benefit. Decision tree complexity. Rewritable process?
How do I automate? What is the right amount of tech for the job? For example: Batch file and Windows scheduler...

Automation Suites to look at
ChuckNorris - WarmuP, UppercuT, RoundhousE, DropkicK, SidePOP
Bombali

Principles

Basic Principles

1. Change yourself first. You are the biggest hurdle right now...
2. Automate the painful.
3. Automate the mundane. The boring
4. Automate the repetition. DRY...I repeat...DRY.  ;)
5. If you do something more than once, look at whether it should be automated or not.

Tools

1. Use Source Control!!!!
2. Automated Builds
3. Continuous Integration
4. Automated Testing
5. Automated Deployments
6. Use the best and simplest tool for the job
7. Automate it ALL!

Tools

Continuous Integration Servers
Hudson
Cruise Control .NET
TeamCity
CI Factory
TeamBuild (TFS)

Visual Studio Add-Ins
R# (ReSharper)
Refactor! Pro + CodeRush
TestDriven.NET

Source Control
SVN
Mercurial HG
TFS (nearly exclusive to the IDE)
Git - deploy
VSS <---DO NOT USE
Vault
Bazaar

Testing Tools
TestDriven.NET
NUnit
MSTest
xUnit
MbUnit / Gallio
Machine.Specifications (MSPec)
FluentAssertions
Cuke4Nuke
StorEvil

AutomatedBuild
UppercuT
TeamBuild (TFS)
FinalBuilder
MSBuild
NAnt
Rake
PSake
Fake (F#)

Deployment
MSBuild
NAnt
MSDeploy
DropkicK
One Click Installer

Database Deployments
Migrations.NET
Migrations
FluentMigrations
Tarantino
RoundhousE
Microsoft (Data Dude)

Merge Tools
Beyond Compare
AraxisMerge
KDiff
DiffMerge
WinMerge

IDE
Visual Studio
Vim
SharpDevelop

Documentation Generator (from XML comments)
SandCastle
GhostDoc
Doxygen

Print | posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Filed Under [ chucknorris ]

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# re: Automate Your IT Shop – St. Louis Day of .NET

We had this exact open discussion at ALT.NET Calgary a couple of years back so not much has changed. Principles are the same, new or updated (or outdated) tools but it's all good.

You didn't cover project startup though!? Tools like nu, WarmuP and TreeSurgeon are there to kick off a project with all the dependencies and startup code a team needs.
8/20/2010 6:54 PM | Bil Simser
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# re: Automate Your IT Shop – St. Louis Day of .NET

We talked about WarmuP and Nu (and I should have mentioned TreeSurgeon - I haven't played with it) - I didn't get it into the list here.

I'm not sure where I would put nu though?

Project Startup
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WarmuP
SolutionFactory
TreeSurgeon
Visual Studio Templating
8/20/2010 11:31 PM | Robz
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