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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 18 August 2004 NYLUG: J. Paul Reed on Release Engin

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Date: 18 Aug 2004 04:32:21 -0400

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 August 18th, 2004
 IBM Headquarters Building
 590 Madison Avenue at 57th Street
 12th Floor, home to the IBM Linux Center of Competency

 ** RSVP Instructions **
     Unless you have already rsvp'ed for a prior meeting, everyone
     should RSVP to attend.
     Check in with photo ID at the lobby for badge and room number.

                                J. Paul Reed
          Release Engineering: techniques, tips, tools, and tricks

   Ever think about how that tangled mass of source code gets from
   developers' workstations to your computer? How all those .c files get
   translated into nice tarballs, RPMs/Debs, or binary installers? Or what
   actually happens when it's time to "ship the bits" or there's a 
   "security fire drill?"

   Enter build and release engineering: those unseen, unsung teams whose
   sole reason for existance is ensuring developers' daily productivity.

   Paul, a build/release engineer for VMware, will cover the historical
   highlights of build/release engineering as a component of a disciplined
   software engineering process, what those build engineering teams behind
   the curtains really do all day (_other_ than yell at developers for
   breaking the build), and the open source tools that drive the build
   engineering process for hundreds of open source projects and companies. 

   Source code control and management, advanced bug tracking with Bugzilla
   (including discussion of the impending 2.18 release's cool new features),
   advanced tree-management with Bonsai, and managing continuous builds with
   Tinderbox will provide the context for a discussion illustrating why 
   build and release engineers are becoming staples on the technical
   staffs of software companies and high-profile open source projects alike.

   For More Information, visit:


   About J. Paul Reed:

   J. Paul Reed's first tour of duty on a build/release engineering team
   began at Netscape Communications (_before_ it was a division of AOL).
   While there, he was responsible for Tinderbox development and released
   Netscape Communicator 4.07, 4.08, and 4.5 Preview Releases 1 and 2.  He
   later joined the Bugzilla team as a module owner and assisted in driving
   Bugzilla releases. He currently works at VMware as a build/release 
   engineer responsible for shipping VMware's ESX Server bits. In his
   spare time, he likes to fly planes and has an unhealthy obsession with
   mixing electronic music and air traffic control audio streams.

 Free Stuff!
   Swag of undetermined value and quantity may be distributed on a
   first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for the best selection.

   GPG cryptography. Immediately after the presentation and continuing
   at Stammtisch we can gather for a keysigning. For those who already
   have keys, please remember to bring paper printouts of your 40-character
   key fingerprint, as per the instructions in our howto docs. If you
   haven't created a key yet, and for keysigning details, our howto docs
   are a must read. . Please announce your desire
   to sign keys on our mailing list so people can be prepared.

   After the meeting ... Join us around 8:30pm or so at TGI Friday's,
   located at 677 Lexington Avenue and 56th Street, second floor.
   Northeast corner.

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