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These days in software industry the process of software development very much rely upon best practices of various tools. The software development teams use various tools like project management, release management , test management and various others. As we already discussed about these tools in our previous posts. But, today we are going to discuss about Build management tool. This is one of the most important tool which required in any kind of software development. In this article we are going to discuss about Top Build Management Tools.
 
But before that let's have a quick overview on Build management.
 
Build management is actually a process of collecting all the components in a software release, performing all the automated tasks to compile, build and test the system and then deploy onto the development and testing environments in preparation for staging. It has become an important part of software development in testing process.
 
But you can not simply do build management without tools. it is also important to ensure that tools are selected properly and thoroughly so that each of them provides the desired service.
 
So, without wasting any time let's have a look on top 10 build management tools
 
 
1. Apache Maven
 
Maven is an open source build management tool which is distributed under Apache License. It is basically used for Java projects. let's have a look on key feature of Maven tool
 
Key Features
  • Open source
  • Based on Project Object Model or POM
  • Release management and distribution publication
  • Coherent site of project information
  • Instant access to new features
  • Extensible with plugins
  • Works easily with multiple projects simultaneously
  • Simple project setup
 
2. Gradle

 

Gradle is also an open source build management tool which is distributed under Apache License. It is written in java and groovy supports cross platform. Let's have a look on key features

Key Features
  • Open source
  • Designed for multiple projects
  • Supports incremental builds
  • Rich API
  • Mature ecosystem of plugins
  • Ease of migration
  • First build integration tool
  • Declarative builds and build-by-convention
 
3. Apache Ant

 
Apache Ant is also an open source build automation tool which is distributed under Apache License. It is also a Java based build tool. Let's have a look on key features
 
Key Features
 
  • open source
  • Ease of Use
  • Independent Platform
  • Can execute test scripts and test suites
  • Can copy files to at different locations
  • Supports Junit 3, Junit 4, Testing etc.
  • Able to compile java based applications
  • Can check out the code from version control system (SVN, GIT, CVS etc).
 
 
4. MSBuild
 
MsBuild or Microsoft build tools as its name indicates it belongs to Microsoft which is written in C# and supports .Net framework and available under MIT license.
 
Key features
  • Able to build Visual Studio projects without Visual Studio IDE installed
  • Now bundled with Visual Studio
  • Multitargeting
  • Description language - XML
 
5. FinalBuilder
 
Finalbuilder is a build tool which supports Windows platform and it is developed by VSoft Technologies in the year 2000. It is available under Proprietary license.
 
Key Features
  • It can present your build process in a structured manner 
  • With FinalBuilder you don't need to edit xml, or  write scripts
  • Allows builds to be scheduled to run daily, weekly or whenever you wish
  • Extensive library of pre-written actions to automate every common task in build process
  • Integrated Debugging
  • Detailed Logging
  • Version Control Integration
 
 
Do you agree with this list? If not than feel free to respond in the comment box with your own take on the top build management tools. One more thing, I would like to add here, if you need help to learn all these build tools or DevOps courses than scmGalaxy can help you in this. scmGalaxy is a community of DevOps professionals who are well experienced in this domain. So, feel free to reach us.
 
This is the time of DevOps in software industry and DevOps uses different different languages for deployment automation and for software development. This is the reason if you are a DevOps professional and want to be succeed in DevOps role than command on scripting languages is must. But, one can not be a master of all. Right? Therefore, In this article I am going to share a list of top 10 scripting languages which will be useful for your DevOps journey.
 
But before that let's have a quick look on Scripting language.
 
Scripting languages are programming languages that communicate and integrate with other programming languages. In other words, scripting languages controlls interactive programs operations by giving it sequence of work to execute by one command at a time.
 
Now, let's look on to the list of top 10 scripting languages
 
1. Microsoft PowerShell


 
Microsoft powershell or powershell is belongs to Microsoft and an open source cross platform scripting language. If you have application infrastructure with windows than powershell is must for you. This scripting language is designed for system admins. 
 
 
2. Puppet



Puppet is a configuration management tool and it has it's own declarative language to describe system configuration. It runs on Linux, Unix-like and also on Windows. This one is available under Apache 2.7.0 and General Pubic license.  Puppet uses a custom declarative language, it just needs to specify ‘what’ action needs to be performed on the resources.
 
3. Chef



Chef is basically known as configuration management which belongs to chef is also a scripting language which is designed by David Morgan. It makes programs look like cooking any food.
 
4. Bash



Bash is basically a command language which is available in open source and written by Brian Fox in the year 1989. It can read scripts and Bash is the most commonly used Unix shell. Bash supports Linux, Windows and Mac OS.
 
5. Ruby



Ruby is amongst one of the best programming language but it is also a scripting language which is written by Yukihiro Matsumoto in the year 1995. Ruby supports cross platforms and it is available under GPL and BSD license. It supports multiple programming paradigms, including functional, object-oriented, and imperative.
 
 
6. Ansible



Ansible is known as configuration management and application deployment tool but it is also amongst top scripting languages. This language is belongs to Ansible Inc. and written by their community members. It supports Linux, Unix-like and Windows operating system.
 
7. Perl



Perl is a scripting language which is used for advanced web applications development. Perl is written by Larry Wall and first released in the year 1987. Perl supports cross platforms. Perl is available under general public license. 
 
8. Python


Python is also amongst the top scripting languages which is used for high level of programming. It was first released in the year 1991 by Guido van Rossum. python is available under Python Software Foundation License. It's supports Cross-platform.
 
9. Go language



Go scripting language belongs to the Internet giant Google. This scripting language is written by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike and Ken Thompson and it was released in the year 2009. It supports  Linux, macOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Windows, Plan 9, DragonFly BSD and Solaris operating systems. It is available in open source.
 
10. Groovy



Groovy can be used as a scripting language and it is also consider as a top scripting languages for DevOps professionals. It was designed by James Strachan and developed by Guillaume Laforge, Jochen Theodorou, Paul King and Cedric Champeau. It was first released in the year 2003 and available under Apache license. It supports Java platform.
 
 
Do you agree with this list? If not than feel free to respond in the comment box with your own take on the most essential scripting languages. One more thing, I would like to add here, if you need help to learn all these scripting languages and DevOps courses than scmGalaxy can help you in this. scmGalaxy is a community of DevOps professionals who are well experienced in this domain. 
Cloud computing is one of the trends which is going in IT industry these days. The traditional way of building IT environment is now shifting towards the cloud computing. This is the reason number of cloud service provider is increasing day by day and it becomes a tough task to select good one amongst them. So, In this article I am going to tell you about the top 10 cloud platforms for cloud services.
 
But, before that let's have a quick overview on Cloud platforms?
 
Cloud platforms are platforms that allow developers to write applications that runs in the cloud and allows users to access data, services and applications, storage over the internet and allow them to work from anywhere on it.
 
If we look on to the benefits of cloud platforms than these are the following benefits
 
1. Reducing Costs - Cloud platforms eliminating the needs of own hardware, software, licenses, servers and other infrastructures which you needs to build IT working environment which ultimately reduce your costs.
 
2. Productivity - As you don't need your hardware, software and on-premises servers which means you don't need to hire experts to maintain them which helps you in both ways first on cost savings and second the professionals can focus on other things.
 
3. Availability - Cloud platforms allows you to access from anywhere, on any device 24/7
 
4. Scalability - The best thing about cloud platforms is that you don't need to worry about high traffic or sudden growth on traffic because cloud platforms automatically provide as many servers as required in such situations.
 
5. Affordability - As we mentioned above about scalability of cloud platforms where service providers allow server as per situations but it's not cost you much because it;s not compelling you to pay for unnecessary usage of servers by automatically reduces the numbers of servers when traffic go down. You need to pay only for that sort of time when service provider allocates extra servers.
 
6. Migration - Cloud platforms also allow users to migrate completely from one service provider to another without losing your data.
 
 
Now, let's check on to the service models of cloud platforms
 
There are three models of cloud platforms

1. SaaS - Software as a service (Saas) applications runs completely in the cloud. It enables delivery of applications over the cloud, it means you don't need to buy, install and maintain own software. Software is managed from a central location and Just pay for what you used.
 
 
2. PaaS -  Platform as a service (PaaS) This kind of cloud platforms provides you set of tools and services designed to make coding and deploying those applications quick and efficient. Means to say you can develop, runs and manage applications on the cloud.
 
3. IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) It is a kind of service where you get access to virtualized computer resources over the internet. You can get complete infrastructure solutions like hardware, software, servers, storage and other things from third party.
 
Now, lets move on to the next section.
 
Here is the list of top 10 cloud platforms.

1. Amazon Web Services


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid, Private & Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Block Storage
  • VPN Access
  • Cloud Storage
  • Database as a Service
  • Deploy servers
  • DNS management

2. Microsoft Azure Cloud


  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Private Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Block Storage
  • Cloud Storage
  • Content Delivery Network
  • Deploy Servers
  • Disaster Recovery
  • VPN Access
  • DNS Management
  • Database as a Service
     
3. Google


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Cloud Storage
  • Docker Support
  • Load Balancing
  • Firewalls
  • Snapshots
  • API (Application Programming Interface)
  • Web Based Application/Control Panel
     
4. Rackspace


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid Cloud, Private Cloud, and Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Block Storage
  • Cloud Storage
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Database as a Service
  • Deploy Servers
  • DNS Management
5. VMware


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Cloud Storage
  • Load Balancing
  • System Monitoring
  • Web Based Application/Control Panel
  • API (Application Programming Interface)
6. Salesforce


  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • File Storage
  • Firewalls
  • Flexible Storage Services
  • System Monitoring
7. Oracle


  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Private Cloud and Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - windows
  • Block Storage
  • Cloud Storage
  • Database as a Service
  • Object Storage

8. IBM


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid Cloud and Private Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Web Based Application/Control Panel
  • API (Application Programming Interface)
  • Messaging Services
9. Red Hat


  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid cloud and Private Cloud
  • Server operating system - windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Horizontal Scaling
  • Snapshots
  • Vertical Scaling
  • API (Application Programming Interface)
  • Command Line
  • Graphical User Interface

10. Heroku

  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Horizontal Scaling
  • Control Interface-Command Line
So, this is my list of top cloud platforms which are trending these days. But, if you think about some other platforms than feel free to share with us in the comment section below.
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