OpenMake Software today began shipping Meister 7.2. The update to its build management system adds support for cross-platform builds within Microsoft’s Visual Studio, can “mash up” such builds with those performed in Eclipse and other IDEs, and offers features to simplify the processing of continuous integration used in many agile processes, the company said yesterday.
The release also enhances Meister’s the Management Control Console, a Web-based portal that the company says permits QA engineers, production control staff other non-developers to have control and oversight of builds. The tool now includes extended reporting using the PostgresSQL. “Simplifying build complexity is the number one requirement we hear from developers,” said OpenMake CTP Steve Taylor. “Our Management Console [provides] a push-button process for executing and viewing build results from anywhere in the world.”
The news comes on the heels of the May 1 release of Meister 7.0, which allowed testers to expose the build “forensics” and links to production binaries, which in turn permit root cause analysis back to the offending source code. Beginning with version 7, the tool now links with a central knowledgebase containing build-to-release information, connecting developers with production results, and giving test teams better traceability of failed builds.
“By minimizing redundant scripting tasks and supporting a self-documented build-to-release process that is community developed… agile developers will find that Meister’s Build Methods will enable them to develop builds that are as adaptable as their development processes,” Taylor said, referring to Meister’s extensible build best-practices. Pricing starts at $875 per named seat.