DPI908 Course Outline

Course Code: DPI908
Course Name: Open Source Software Build and Release Systems
Offered Date: Winter - 2019 | Other versions
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Course Description:
Software Build and Release creates reliable, replicable processes to turn source code and related inputs into ready-to-run software. These critical systems are used in software development companies, IT departments, and Open Source projects, and are highly automated through the use of scripting languages such as Bash, Perl, and Python. Students will learn to manage the Build and Release process by selecting, installing, configuring, customizing, and maintaining a
variety of build tools. This is a project-based course, and students will work within an established Open Source community. The particular open source community or communities to be studied will vary with each offering and be announced at the beginning of the semester.
Credit Status: 1 credit in the IFS program.
Prerequisite: SRT311
Mode of Instruction: Two hours interactive lecture per week, and two hours activity-based learning per week (four hours total)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the Build and Release process.
  • Discuss the infrastructure necessary to support Build and Release.
  • Create scripts for build automation and testing.
  • Discuss the issues and current trends in build and release infrastructure and technology.
  • Discuss the human and technical challenges inherent in the build and release process.
  • Select, install, configure, customize, and maintain a variety of tools for building, testing, composing, packaging, and distributing software.
  • Develop virtualized, parallel, distributed, cloud, and grid computing strategies for build and release.
  • Participate collaboratively with fellow students and, where possible, members of the open source community.
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Overview of the Build and Release process - 10%
    • Goals and scope of the Build and Release process
    • Creating the infrastructure
    • Automation
      • Scheduling
      • Scripting
    • Security, replicability, and process integrity
  • Basic Build Concepts - 30%
    • make
    • Version control systems
      • Branching
      • Tagging
    • Automated testing
    • Composing and packaging
    • Distributing released software
    • Handling multiple platforms
    • Scripted build processes
  • Server farms and distributed processing - 30%
    • Multiple target platforms
    • Computing platforms
      • Cloud computing
      • Distributed computing
      • Grid computing
  • Supporting technologies - 20%
    • Virtualization
      • Scripted control of virtual machines
    • Monitoring and management technologies
  • Working with Open Source communities - 10%
    • Communication
    • Collaboration
  • Managing public access to infrastructure
Prescribed Text(s):
  • None
Reference Material:
  • None
  • May vary with project
Promotion Policy:

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Project deliverables 60%
Communication (including Wiki and Blog) 20%
Contributions to other projects 10%
Research paper on current software build and release systems 10%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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