New technologies bring us lots of tools for optimizing development processes. This time, at TechMagic TechTalk, the iOS Ninja Eugene Goloboyar told us about benefits and specifics of using OS X Server as CI for iOS.
Continuous integration (CI) is the practice, in software engineering, of merging all developer working copies to a shared mainline several times a day.
How it looks in practice:
1. developer writes apps locally in Xcode and check them into a source code repository;
2. then sends them to Xcode Server, a service provided by OS X Server, for processing;
3. in Xcode on the development Mac, developer sets up bots that run on the server. These bots process apps, using the source code in the repository, and report back the results;
4. each runs of a bot is called an integration, and these runs occur regularly throughout the development life cycle of your app.
Usage OS X Server is very beneficial in iOS development, unless you can use it only on Mac:
- Costs 20$ or free for members of developer program;
- Made by Apple;
- Self hosted;
- Control of Xcode version;
- Can test on connected iOS devices;
- Xcode Server runs under multiple users on your;
- system and it persists all files - they will be picked up;
- even after deleting both OS X Server and Xcode;
- Has web interface.
Check out more information about using OS X Server as CI for iOS in the Eugene’s presentation here.
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