Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Continuous Integration Game!

If you use hudson, then you really should take a look at the CI game plugin. It's actually hilarious!

It stems from an idea originally (I think) by Daren Cummins described here.

The way the game works in hudson is that you get points according to your build activity. Plus points if you do something positive, like check in on a successful builds and minus points if you do something negative, like checkin to break a build.

Other examples of ways to score (or not) are if you change test failure/success, add or remove code checking violations (checkstyle, pmd etc).

It's been a great source of humour and a little bit or rivalry amongst our devs. Obviously you can't read too much into it, because it's easy to game, but it has added some value.

The plugin home page is here.

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