I have had a passing acquaintance with Hudson for some time, but it is only recently that I’ve had to get down and dirty with it. For one reason or another, much of the build infrastructure work for my current project has fallen on me. This has allowed me to become much more involved with Hudson on a daily basis, and I have to say I’m loving it.
Hudson is a continuous integration environment. We have configured it to check code out of our subversion repository on a regular basis, run the build scripts, gather the cobertura code coverage, junit test reports, findbugs reports, etc., and have these metrics published and trended over time. I think I can speak for my team when I say, we’ve found it a boon to be able to regularly build our system in a clean environment, and gain such insight into our code quality.
So without further ado, I present instructions to allow you to set your own build system up in 20 minutes or less.