Author: Voelkle, M.
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MOPV041 Modernisation of the Toolchain and Continuous Integration of Front-End Computer Software at CERN 242
  • P. Mantion, S. Deghaye, L. Fiszer, F. Irannejad, J. Lauener, M. Voelkle
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  Building C++ software for low-level computers requires carefully tested frameworks and libraries. The major difficulties in building C++ software are to ensure that the artifacts are compatible with the target system’s (OS, Application Binary Interface), and to ensure that transitive dependent libraries are compatible when linked together. Thus developers/maintainers must be provided with efficient tooling for friction-less workflows: standardisation of the project description and build, automatic CI, flexible development environment. The open-source community with services like Github and Gitlab have set high expectations with regards to developer user experience. This paper describes how we leveraged Conan and CMake to standardise the build of C++ projects, avoid the "dependency hell" and provide an easy way to distribute C++ packages. A CI system orchestrated by Jenkins and based on automatic job definition and in-source, versioned, configuration has been implemented. The developer experience is further enhanced by wrapping the common flows (compile, test, release) into a command line tool, which also helps transitioning from the legacy build system (legacy makefiles, SVN).  
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About • Received ※ 07 October 2021       Accepted ※ 14 November 2021       Issue date ※ 10 February 2022  
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