TeamCity Review

The templates allow a consistent configuration on how an application is built.


Valuable Features

  • Ease of configuring complete build chains with the use of build templates
  • Creating a single custom build runner that allows us to have a single entry point and filter steps by arguments for all our builds
  • The ability to trigger subsequent builds in a chain based off of multiple types of triggers in a deterministic fashion

Improvements to My Organization

Creating a meta-runner to use as a single build entry point. The templates allow a consistent configuration on how an application is built, and by combining the use of the meta-runner and build templates, the whole organisation understands, and follows, this convention. By following this convention, a complete build stack is completed in a single REST call.

Room for Improvement

  • Client side load as projects/builds with a lot of test history, and branches can take quite a bit of time to load
  • It would also be nice to have a conditional build step: https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/TW-17939
  • Having project templates

Use of Solution

I used it for three years.

Deployment Issues

You shouldn't use TeamCity as a deployment tool.

Stability Issues

As versions progress, TeamCity has greatly improved it's stability with it's resourcing. Also following JetBrains' documentation about how to set up TeamCity, distributes load in a more even fashion.

Scalability Issues

There have been times when making copies of a project has caused major stability issues, especially when you have nested project structure based off of different build configuration templates.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

I've never needed to deal with customer service.

Technical Support:

YouTrack has been a great forum to raise/track issues.

Previous Solutions

We previously used CC.Net. TeamCity provided a much easier method of configuration as well as templating over CC.Net.

Initial Setup

If you want just a basic setup, it is extremely straightforward. If you require optimizations such as I/O distribution, you will need to do a little bit more work.

Implementation Team

We implemented it in-house.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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