Some music I’ve been listening to lately
I have no gift to bring
That’s fit to give the King.
Shall I play for you?
I played my drum for him.
I played my best for him,
Then He smiled at me.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Wishing you all a prosperous and peaceful new year.
I love Christmas.
If you know me, that’s not much of a surprise. I love everything about it. I love what the holiday means. I love the stupid amount of food that you purchase. I love the smells. I love the presents. I love the time with friends and family. I love turkey and most of all, I love cooking.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be prepping a number of tasty things, including Christmas Fruit Cake, Cheese & Bacon Wheels and Chilli Jam. I’ll try and remember to put up a few recipes.
Unfortunately I cant put up the recipe for the Christmas Fruit Cake. It’s a family secret that I’ve been entrusted with.
When I started working at my last job, I was introduced to the world of build servers. Sure, I had heard about them in the past but my employer before that was a bit lacklustre when it came to implementing anything that might have improved their development process.
My first experience was with CruiseControl.NET and, I have to say, I rather liked it. We have used it on practically every project and we haven’t encountered anything that it can’t do. It doesn’t need much attention, either. When a new project is needed, we add the new settings to ccnetconfig.config and we are good to go. I think I can count the number of times I’ve had to do anything to it on one hand.
One thing that caught my eye was their build server, Jenkins, which I’d never heard of before, so, when I had a bit of time a couple of evenings ago, did the inevitable Google search to see if I could use for building .NET projects. Sure enough, I could! In fact, I can’t believe how easy it is to set Jenkins up to build .NET projects. I’m going to look into it a little further and report at a later date.
P.S For all you .NET developers out there, to help you along your way, it’s worth taking a look at this blog.