Cintient is a Continuous Integration self-hosted web application written in PHP. It was written to be simple to setup and straightforward to use
- with special attention to UI - in order to bring CI practices to most small to medium projects that just don't justify the setup of a more complex CI solution.
Cintient works by keeping track of all commits going into a source code repository. Every time a change in the source code of a project is detected, something called an "integration builder" is automatically run. This integration builder can be completely configured to do whatever the user wants - ranging from simple code syntax checks, to more complex software quality analysis. The results are collected and shown in a variety of charts that you can use to inspect your projects. With such automation you can have every single commit be thoroughly checked for syntax errors, be unit tested, inspected for violations to your adopted coding standard, etc., all without requiring human intervention. Whenever any of these checks fail, the build fails, and Cintient promptly push-notifies users of such. Below are some of Cintient's features:
- easy one-time setup of the application (1 minute)
- visual edition for builder tasks, i.e., no messing around with Ant XML sources for configuring builds
- Web-based push notifications (currently supports the now deprecated Notifo.com, but it's easily extendable to others)
- PHP syntax checking tasks
- PHPUnit integration for unit testing
- PHPDepend for quality metrics
- PHPCodeSniffer for coding standards enforcement
- Code coverage support (PHP Xdebug extension required)
- Perl syntax check (just so you know you can add support to pretty much every language you want)
Cintient is still beta. Please understand that not everything is yet perfect. You should keep in mind the following:
- I develop mainly in Mac OS X and Linux, using Safari and ocasionally Firefox. Other OS/browser flavours are still pretty much untested. Please help out if you can.
- Setting up a project in Cintient is way simpler than in any other CI server I know of. But it still requires some minimum effort on your part to properly configure it. Don't give up, and let me know if you're having problems with anything.
- Apache HTTPD with mod_rewrite (for the automatic installation). Supports Lighttpd with minimum manual setup.
- PHP 5.3.3 or later
- PHP with sqlite3 version 3.3.0 or later
- [Optional] Xdebug (for PHP code coverage support)
Check the requirements above. You need them in order to perform an easy install. Go through the following steps:
- Your Apache web server's configuration must allow you to specify per directory .htaccess files and mod_rewrite directives within them. For this you need to have at least "AllowOverride FileInfo". Also, enable "Options FollowSymLinks" and "DirectoryIndex index.php". If you've changed these just now, don't forget to restart your Apache server. If you are using Lighttpd instead, don't do anything now and follow the instructions.
- Open up a browser window, navigate to the directory where you unpacked Cintient. You should see the installer coming up.
- Follow the instructions. It should only take you a minute to finish. If you are not using Lighttpd, you're done. Have fun.
- If you are using Lighttpd, don't refresh the page after the install runs, just yet. Before that, make sure that you place the contents of the .cintient-lighttpd.conf file in your web server's configuration and restart it. Then, and only then, you can refresh the browser at the end of the install run. You're done now. Have fun.
Willing to contribute? Awesome! Fork the project in GitHub and send some pull requests our way.
- Pedro Mata-Mouros, Twitter: @matamouros, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project page: http://github.com/matamouros/cintient