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How is IBM build forge used in organisations?


Himanshu Rathod (645) | asked Nov 05 '14, 2:58 a.m.
Hello.

I am working on study on IBM build forge.
Could someone explain me how it is used or exactly what does it do? I am primarily unaware of its basic function.
Hope someone would help me out.

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Ryan Ruscett (1.0k413) | answered Nov 05 '14, 10:17 a.m.
 Hello,


This is a very broad question. Build Forge is a build automation tool. That being said it's designed to automate the building of software across multiple systems and platforms. 

BF uses agents that sit on servers and communicate with Build Forge. These agents spawn a shell to achieve some amount of work. That being said, BF is very extensible considering that I can write any kind of command that can be interpreted by a terminal. 

The best place to start, is to get a good idea of how software is built. Once you understand all the types of considerations needed to build software. Think about how you could automate that. What kinds of tools would you use etc. 

The uses of Build Forge within companies is specific to that company. It often times has many uses. So it's best to just stick with what it was geared towards when the product was being built and that is build automation.

Here is a link to help you get started

http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/ratibuilforgfami

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