Eclipse News Desk
Catalyst Makes Automated Build Management
Openmake 6.4 Announced at JavaOne
Jun. 27, 2005 04:00 PM
Santa Barbara, CA-based Catalyst Systems has announced general availability of the latest version of Openmake. Release 6.4 incorporates new features for project build activity scheduling and tracking, reporting tools for knowledge-base metrics analysis and added support for IBM- and Eclipse-based software development and PERL environments. Openmake supports developers by managing complex build tasks from project birth to maturity, all in a production ready environment.
Jim Duggan, research vice president for Applications Development at Gartner Research, stated, “Next to documentation, build management is likely to be the least satisfying task a developer must address every day. A lot of software investment ends up in the time it takes to constantly tweak the make files needed to keep a system maintainable. Developers are looking for innovative solutions that will reduce software coding by a factor of five.”
Whether supporting small development tasks or massively complex cross- platform solutions, Openmake takes a distinctive approach to supporting developers responsible for building software systems.
Openmake is the only build management product that replaces difficult to manage make and Ant/XML scripts with generated Build Control Files that follow comprehensive construction rules,Catalyst says. This approach is particularly valuable as the number and complexity of build target objects grows. Scheduled, coordinated Openmake builds systematically prepare all types of build target objects. Openmake is designed to locally and remotely build components destined for a variety of deployment platforms including embedded devices, handhelds, workstations and servers.
Openmake already offers, on a daily basis, increased productivity and quality
to the Fortis WebSphere Competence Centers (150 persons), compared to manually
controlled builds, Openmake also completes the configuration management
process through it's central build capabilities. Owing to this, Fortis
fully controls all internal and external software assets completely within the
very fast evolving J2EE world,” commented Matthias Pyck, system advisor for
Fortis Bank in
New features of Openmake 6.4 include a Build and Deploy Manager, Build Activity Schedule and enhanced Audit Reporting. Through audit information consistently recorded during build processes, Openmake can create advanced audit reports and impact analysis that helps isolate complex problems and improve quality. These reports also make it easier to isolate components during problem diagnosis by determining the pedigree of code executing in a complex system.
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