Release Engineering 101 – Build Script

Each software platform will provide a way to write a script and invoke a sequence of build steps Unix shell scripts, make files, windows batch files etc can be used to define a build script.

A framework / tool like ANT, helps in abstracting the script from a platform dependency and use simple XML file to define the build script.
Interestingly ANT itself is only a XML notation, that defines the sequence of steps. The steps themselves rely on the code base, framework binaries, SDK binaries etc.
In summary using any suitable syntax a build script should be defined. The script itself should automate the sequence of steps that needs to be executed to create a single unit of software.

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Shafiq Alibhai

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