At the 2009 Electric Cloud Customer Summit we introduced SparkBuild, a free gmake- and NMAKE-compatible build tool. SparkBuild is now in public beta, and several people have asked us for some more explanation: what is SparkBuild and why should I care? I thought I’d take a crack at answering those questions, hopefully without sounding too “marketingy”. Here goes.
SparkBuild is actually a package containing two components: SparkBuild emake and SparkBuild Insight. As the names imply, these components are derived from the corresponding pieces of ElectricAccelerator and ElectricInsight. That means that they offer some of the same benefits that our commercial product does, but for free, of course. Why did we do this? I’ll be completely honest with you: we’re hoping that people will use SparkBuild, share SparkBuild and talk about SparkBuild, ultimately raising awareness of Electric Cloud and our commerical products. Beyond that though, I’m personally excited about SparkBuild because I want to see these technologies that I’ve worked on for so long get used by as many people as possible.
I think you’ll be interested in SparkBuild because it offers some of the same benefits that our commercial tools do (annotation and build analysis), and even some that aren’t yet part of Accelerator (subbuilds). Read on to learn more about what these features provide and how you can use them.
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