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I have gone through so many tools trying to create the right build environment that it is a bit disheartening. I have set up multiple continuous integration systems and it keeps getting easier, but there is still a bit too much friction.

I tried to look into using Team Foundation Server and Team Build, but the cost is very high for a startup (even with the top msdn subscription). This is compounded when you have external developers that must also hook into the system.

I have fallen for TeamCity but with one deal breaker for me: no FinalBuilder support. I submitted some feedback and I received a detailed response from JetBrains; I have always received great customer support from JetBrains:

There are several ways to support FinalBuilder:
1. You may start using CommandLine runner to start the process.
2. To Add custom FinalBuilder reporting you may use TeamCity service messages.
Please refer to
http://www.jetbrains.net/confluence/display/TCD4/Build+Script+Interaction+with+TeamCity
documentation article on service messages for details
3. You may start FinalBuilder from any other build scripts,
for example NAnt, MSBuild, Ant, Maven.
If you need custom logging, you may consider using TeamCity
Service messages as well
4. Write a build runner plugin for TeamCity. There are two
public available examples on the build runners at:
http://www.jetbrains.net/confluence/display/TW/Rake+Runner
and
http://svn.jetbrains.org/teamcity/plugins/fxcop/
Please feel free asking any questions on the integration.
5. Post an issue to our tracker at
http://www.jetbrains.net/tracker

I checked out the code for the build runner plugins, but it is too much work. It is hard not to sound lazy in saying that, but I haven’t used java since my sophomore year in college, and it doesn’t sit high on my list to spend hours getting a build runner going (I am looking for less friction, not more). I chose the 5th option and submitted a feature request TW-6442. With FinalBuilder support I don’t need any other build runners/tools as FinalBuilder most likely wraps them up in its UI.

One other feature that I would like to have, but am hesitant to request right now, is to be able to selected a successful build, and run a publish script (through the web interface (see Cruise)) that can tag the build and use the build artifacts to deploy that build to Dev/Stage/Production environment.

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