Giving TeamCity another try…

Thanks to a comment from Eugene Petrenko, I decided TeamCity was worth another shot.  Everything I have heard has been positive, so I can’t let a little problem like not getting to my source control repository get in the way of continuous integration 🙂

Once again, I visited the TeamCity download site and read all of the fine print once again to figure out what I was missing.  All I can gather right now is that I am going to want to upgrade, but I am not sure yet what the killer feature is that will push me to fork out the credit card digits.

Install was smooth (as it was the first time), but this time I changed the services to run using a domain build account instead of the local system account.  There are 2 services that are installed with the default installation options, and I changed them both to run under this more privileged account:

TSServices

I was definitely impressed with the ability to test the email settings. It was intuitive and gave me a better feel that things under the hood were put together in a manner consistent with the feedback I have heard about this tool.

Once I got the right user specified in the service it was able to connect to my VSS instance and I am now running my first test build.  Not bad considering it took me about 15 minutes and I couldn’t even tell you where the documentation is located!  I am warming up to this TeamCity stuff….

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Google Developer Podcast

I recently stumbled across a great new podcast that the Java Posse started putting out in June. I wasn’t familiar with the group, but it is a group of people from Googlespace (I am guessing they develop in Java 🙂 ) that are seasoned podcasters and have now started one to communicate the latest about Google tools and technologies. Check out the Google Developer Podcast to get a taste of this new tech resource.

Hopefully you are aware that Google is much more than just search and maps. The company has revolutionized the Internet and the way the world thinks about technology, stock prices, and corporate philosophy. Having a resource to learn about new things such as the offline enabler Google Gears provides a great service to the development community.

My personal feeling is that learning about new languages, tools, methodologies, etc. is the best way to become a better developer or architect. If you only delve deeper and deeper into .NET, you are starving the creative side of you as a technologist. Seeing other approaches to building software can spark new ideas and ultimately make you a much better citizen in the software community.

So take a moment to check out the podcast and submit your comments in the forums at http://groups.google.com/group/google-developer-podcast. I just made sure they were planning to continue podcasting as it has been 3 weeks since the last episode. If they know people are eating up the content, they’ll be much more likely to create some more good stuff.