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OctopusNotifier

A customizable toast style notifier that informs you of Deployment state/changes.

OctopusDeploy is a fantastic deployment tool. I've used it for approximately 8 months but one of it's short comings is the notification system. By comparison the JetBrains TeamCity ships with the option of using a system tray notifier to keep you up to speed with the state of or one more configurable builds/deployments. OctopusNotifier is a very basic attempt at trying to create notification mechanism with some individual flexibility (i.e. user specific preferences) that is similar to the TeamCity tray notifier.

It's currently vanilla, naive and ignores caching and performance considerations. It runs as a noddy console app. However it will poll your Octopus server, monitor changes in the deployment state for a given project and environment and when required produce a toast style notification.

Dependencies

  1. Growl for windows

Getting Started

  1. Install Growl for Windows - http://www.growlforwindows.com/gfw/
  2. Download and install one of the growl displays http://www.growlforwindows.com/gfw/displays.aspx (optional).
  3. Update the octopus.json file with the uri of your Octopus Server and the api key
  4. Update the prefernces.json file with the appropriate polling (milliseconds), project, environment and notification settings.
  5. Compile and run

Limitations

The notifier was thrown together in a matter of hours. Therefore it's not battle hardened, nor optomized. The notifier is currently only aware of two types of events or states.

  1. Firstly it is capable of notifying on a state transition, say when a deployment of project x to environment y fails for the first time.
  2. Secondly it is capable of notifying on a given state. For example it can produce a notification on every failed deployment of project x to environment y.

Error handling is at this point none exist and it is, as specified previously, just a console app. Some work needs to be done to optimize, make it more robust and support running it as a service, with Owin, with a NancyFx front end or alternatively some other flavour of hosting.

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