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Introducing Atlassian Bamboo 4.0

Mar 28, 2012 11:00:00 AM

BIG NEWS FROM ATLASSIAN: “Between Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and unpredictable weather, March is one crazy month –and we at Atlassian are still deeply mad for DVCS! As an expression of our mania, we put extra love for DVCS users into Bamboo 4.0, now available for download. If you’re not a DVCS user (at least, not yet…), there’s no need to feel left out because Bamboo 4.0 has plenty of goodness for you, too. You know we wouldn’t do ya wrong!

Plan Branches Let You Automate More, and Configure Less

Branching your code is a fact of life in software projects –almost as unavoidable as death and taxes. One of the most common reasons for branching is to allow developers to work for a short time in isolation, which is all well and good. But this often means that code on the branches is not part of the team’s CI scheme, leaving uncertainty as to whether changes made on the branch work or not. And if new branches must be incorporated into the CI system manually, the administrative overhead quickly gets out of hand. To help restore developer confidence (and build engineers’ sanity), Bamboo 4.0 comes with advanced support for branching your build plans along with your code and merging the code lines regularly.

Automatic Branching for DVCS

Teams using DVCS repositories can have Bamboo automatically detect new branches in your repo within seconds of their creation. When a new branch is found, all Plans associated with that repo are cloned and connected to the new branch, with the option to override Plan variables and advanced repository settings.

Flexible Options for DVCS Merging

And we’ve got you covered for merging, too. In keeping with the idea that the best way to ease a painful process is to do it frequently, Plan branches can be automatically merged with the main code line in one of two ways.

The “Gatekeeper”

This strategy merges changes from your branch into the main line and builds the result. If successful, the merged code is committed and pushed to the main line, keeping the whole team in sync.

The “Build Updater”

Conversely, the “Build Updater” strategy merges the main line into the branch, and builds the combined code. The merged code is committed and pushed to the branch upon success. This option is great for making sure longer-living branches don’t stray far from the trunk.  

 

Push-Button Branching for Centralized VCS

Teams using traditional version control systems can take advantage of quick and easy Plan branching whenever they need it: for release branches, patch branches or developer sandboxes. Just click a button to create the Plan branch, specify the branch’s location in your code repository, and you’re off & running! As with their automatically created counterparts, all push-button Plan branches are consolidated with the master for easy access and an at-a-glance view of all branches associated with your Plan.

Test Quarantine: the Antidote for Volatile Builds

Fans of “Freakonomics” know about the Broken Window Theory: the tendency of breakages that are left visible to invite further destruction and neglect. The world of software is no different. Builds with flaky or ever-failing tests tend to fall into severe decay because breakages become the norm. That’s why teams adopt the discipline of either fixing the problem right away, or pulling the test out. But if the test was worth writing, it’s worth keeping tabs on, and Bamboo’s new Quarantine feature makes that easy. Gone are the days of commenting out test code or manually updating test suite configuration files. Simply hit the Quarantine button next to a failing test, and let Bamboo do the dirty work. Not only that, but you’ll see the count of Quarantined tests in every build result as a reminder to reincorporate them into your build.

 

Clean Workspace, Clear Mind

 

Springtime means spring cleaning, so we’ve freshened up the UI in Bamboo 4.0. Don’t want to see the Plan Navigator all the time? Toggle it hidden or shown to keep content-packed pages free of clutter and easy to read. On the Plan Summary pages, you’ll notice the Plan Statistics panel has undergone a facelift. Underneath that, you’ll find a list of all branches for the Plan –complete with build status indicators! History buffs and stats junkies alike will rejoice in the new build history bar on Plan detail and configuration pages showing the status of the last 10 builds. Hover your mouse over any indicator to see the build number, what triggered the build and whether any tests failed.

But That’s Not All!

Bamboo 4.0 is over 100 fixes and enhancements in the making. Check out the full release notes for more details as well as the top 10 user-voted issues included in this release. We really do listen!

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