I first ran into the concept of Continuous Integration (CI) when the Mozilla project launched. It included a rudimentary build server as part of the process and this was revolutionary at the time. I was maintaining a C++ project that took two hours to build and link. We rarely went through a clean build, which created compounding problems as bad code was committed into the project.

A lot has changed since those old days. CI products are all over the place and, as Java developers, we enjoy a richness of capabilities like never before. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the basics.

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