Monday, February 15, 2010

Starting with the Startup - Setting Up Development Environment

After we have set basics for using Scrum we can start with our first sprints. Our first sprints were devoted to choosing and setting up development environment.

So let explore what do we know so far about the project (of course I knew much more than I can write in this post).

* Our main focus are desktop and mobile web applications
* Our core business is in the field of affiliate networks
* We will use agile process or to be more specific Scrum

So I will jump directly into decisions we had to make and what have we decided:

Web development framework
Basically we have been deciding between two choices: Grails and Wicket. Who is reading my blog from time to time probably already knows answer to this. We have decided for Grails.

Build process
Although Grails have nice build commands we needed something that is easier to integrate with the builds of other projects. Basically we have been deciding between maven and ivy. As Grails supports ivy much better than maven we have decided for ivy.

Continuous build process
More or less we have not been thinking too much here. We have decided for Hudson. Hudson is easy to install, has great front-end for management and number of very useful plugins. One note: although Hudson has Grails plugin we are not using it. We are using ivy in the Hudson to build the Grails projects.

Bug tracker
Although we would be happy not to have bugs that is not reality. So we needed bug tracker. As most of us had experience with Mantis we have decided that our bug tracking tool will be Mantis

Libraries repository
We will be depending on some external libraries. As we don't want to have them stored on Internet we needed some tool that handles dependencies. We have decided for Nexus.

Source code control
Although there are new source code control system like git we have decided to use probably the most common one Subversion

Mobile web development framework
After lot of investigation you find out that the market with the mobile web application frameworks is quite poor. The only available and really useful open source solution is: WALL NG. Luckily we have managed to almost fully integrate WALL NG with the Grails.

IDE Tool
Although we didn't have any experience with InteliJ Idea as this is currently only tool with good support for groovy/grails we have decided that our IDE tool of selection is InteliJ Idea.

In-house Grails plugin repository
As Grails has number of useful plugins and we knew we will be using them. This leads that we need local Grails plugin repository. Grails repository is set in the Subversion.

Having setup like the one mentioned above should give you fluent build process that is easy to repeat in the any moment. Additionally Hudson will ensure that your build is in the fit condition because it will report all build and test breaks.


stef said...

Nice post. Sounds like an interesting startup. Gotta put this blog in my RSS reader for sure. Can't wait for further posts.

Good luck on the startup!!

Ashkan said...

Would you please post about how did you create a local grails plugin repository on svn? It will be very beneficial for many of us ;)

jan said...

I can post how did we setup local grails plugin repository. Its not so complicated.

Sanjay M said...

hey I came across this here searching for grails templates and I really liked your site.

Btw I think netbeans integration of grails is good as well (though not as good as IntelliJ probably except that its free :) )