Part of most software development projects is what we call a nightly build. Software developers toil during the day - busily coding their portion of the project. They test their own changes, make sure they work, and then submit them to a code repository. Whereas each developer makes sure his own changes work on hi own machine, sometimes things can go astray because one developer makes a change that conflicts with work done by another developer (normally one the same day). Each developer was unaware of the other's change. To catch this rare occurrence right away, most projects build the project each night from the repository. This way developers start each day with the latest code that has all of the changes from all of the developers. At Autodesk we do this with our design applications. We do this with our Labs technology previews too. Microsoft does this with their operating system updates. In fact, legend has it that Microsoft loads the nightly builds on all of the machines in the company - even the ones for the executives. So if a software developer inadvertently makes a change that conflicts with another, it may turn out that an executive might not be able to give his PowerPoint presentation the next day. Microsoft refers to this process as "eating one's own dog food."
In addition to developers testing their own work, we often have "test fests" (as in festivals) where we invite the company, executives included, to test our software as a service applications. In the case of software as a service we don't have to install the software on all of the computers in the company. We simply update our servers with the nightly build and everyone uses the software via those servers. The Dragonfly team recently released an update of Project Dragonfly. Before we released, the team invited the company to test the nightly build on internal servers. For fun the team made a contest out of it. Two winners would receive $30 Amazon gift certificates.
The results from our recent Design Contest are in and we wanted to share the results with everyone and congratulate our winning designers! We would also like to thank everyone who participated in the design contest by using the pre-release version of Project Dragonfly and providing feedback to the team. So, without further ado, our panel of expert judges unanimously declared the following designs as winners in their respective categories for this design contest.
1963 Atrium Model Eichler
Designer – Susanne Kaufmann (ACN Development Team, SF)
Category – Open Design Category with full extra credit for use of Dacor content, Landscaping and several other new feature areas.
Please join us in congratulating Susanne and Yongmei for their designing ingenuity and creativity!
Working hard but having fun is alive and well in the lab.