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A single-user continuous integration tool.

While reading James Grenning's "Test Driven Development for Embedded C" I noticed a line that said something to the effect of

every time I save a file, my IDE runs my tests

Well, I loathe IDEs, but I thought this sounded like a pretty cool idea. I happened to also be playing around with pymacadmin's at the same time and realized I could steal some code from there to make a very simple script that would invoke my Makefile every time I saved a file in TextMate. simple-ci is the result. It uses Yesudeep Mangalapilly's watchdog facility to watch a directory for changes.

The cleanest way to use it is to add a target to your Makefile, like thus:

    /path/to/ . make test

Then invoke the ci target in a terminal window. Any time you save a file anywhere in your project, the test target will be invoked.

==> Running: make test
compiling usi_serial.c
Building archive ../build/lib/libiswba.a
r - ../build/objs/../main/src/8bit_tiny_timer0.o
r - ../build/objs/../main/src/ibus_button_adapter.o
r - ../build/objs/../main/src/ibus_message_parser.o
r - ../build/objs/../main/src/mute_button.o
r - ../build/objs/../main/src/relay.o
r - ../build/objs/../main/src/usi_serial.o
Linking iswba_tests
Running iswba_tests
OK (20 tests, 20 ran, 46 checks, 0 ignored, 0 filtered out, 1 ms)

==> ready

I went a little further and added a wrapper script that calls make test and displays a Growl alert if the tests fail:


make test

if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
    growlnotify -a Xcode -n simple-ci -d bravo5.simpleci -t CI -m "BUILD FAILED" 

You can use this with any project, not just make-driven ones. Run your Python tests with nose or JUnit tests with Maven every time you save a file!


pip install .

If you get errors like

clang: error: unknown argument: '-mno-fused-madd' [-Wunused-command-line-argument-hard-error-in-future]

on OS X, try

ARCHFLAGS=-Wno-error=unused-command-line-argument-hard-error-in-future pip install .
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