I’m looking at various build automation products and was starting with a short list: FinalBuilder, VisualBuild, BuildIt and IBM’s BuildForge. So, having saturated myself on product info with the others (hey, I don’t have the luxury of time to really sit down and get to grips with a whole bunch of products, and I’m garageing this because the client isn’t really my baliwick) I started downloading demos.
IBM’s site has demo links but they lead to web movies. So I fired up the link for the BuildForge Express Edition demo. I can only conclude, IBM really don’t want to sell it.
FWIW: The caveat I’m looking for in the build solution is a hook to Visual SourceSafe so that the tool can pull the source out of our repository. Hooks to SVN and/or Perforce would be nice since both of those are worthy candidates. It would also be nice to be able to tie it to smoke tests: an automatic build-attempt when you try to check code in that rejects the checkin if the resulting code refuses to compile.