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Continuous build for Joomla! part1/x

Automatic installation of #Joomla! runtime environments

Main ideas

Build is scalable

Distributed build management optimize hardware resources utilization by parallelizing product builds within the build agents grid. With build chains support, it is even possible to break down a single build procedure into several parts to run them on different build agents — both in sequence and in parallel — using the same set of sources in all of them.

I want to be able to test my components against many versions of #Joomla!

All versions of #Joomla! are in subversion as zip files in an own SVN repository

For example:

  • ${JOOMLA15_VCS_ROOT}  is svn:\\localhost\joomla1.5\trunk
  • ${JOOMLA10_VCS_ROOT}  is svn:\\localhost\joomla1.0\trunk

These repository ${JOOMLAxx_VCS_ROOT} are connected to all build as supplementary VCS root in TeamCity and thus content get checked out as part of the build in the build temporary directory of one agent. ($AGENT_BUILD_DIR)


So after the checkout, the file system will look like



If you don’t want to provide support a a specific version of #Joomla! just remove it from the trunk! or add new ones on purpose. That’s easy.

Ant tasks/Maven MOJO

  • Are responsible for unpacking all these zip files to the build temporary agent directory. ($AGENT_BUILD_DIR).
  • Filenames are found with a configurable regular expression,
  • All settings will be committed in \joomla1.5\trunk\

Another ant script/task will for each zip,

  • Start a Selenium test cases that will create a virtual user that use the regular #Joomla! installer and drive installation till the end.
  • All settings which have to be #Joomla! and build independent will be randomly generated, preferably UUID for password and database name for example.
  • Login and Admin password may be the same (admin:admin) at the beginning but can also be generated and written to a file on disk in ($BUILD_DIR)/{joomlarootversion}/
  • Directory installation ($BUILD_DIR)/{joomlarootversion}/installation will be renamed to ($BUILD_DIR)/{joomlarootversion}/installation.old or simply deleted
  • Selenium/PHP Unit test that are committed in \joomla1.5\trunk\Installation.Checks will perform basic checks (login, logout, navigate) to ensure that installation of #Joomla! has been successful.
    If everything succeed, we will have a set of #Joomla! versions ready for our components regression testing.


  • No build temporary directory. ($AGENT_BUILD_DIR) will be deleted by Ant or #Maven but by the build server itself. This will let developer look at the issues on file system and in database.
  • New scripts may be developed to extract from the build server or #Joomla! farm easily the non running #Joomla! instance files + database) so developers can install the broken setup locally.

Automatic deployment of #Joomla! components

Your component is typically shared and many developer committed regularly in a different VCS root… For SecurityImages 5.x.y, subversion root may be  svn:\\localhost\securityimages5\trunk

This VCS root is also attached to the build and get check out at build time by TeamCity.


if a build.xml is present in {VCS_ROOT}\build.xml then it is executed prior to any further operations, purpose of build.xml is to produce a component binary distribution (zip or tar.gz) that can be then installed to ALL #Joomla install in the agent root directory.


if a deploy.xml is present in {VCS_ROOT}\deploy.xml then it is executed, purpose of deploy.xml is to deploy one or many component binary distribution (zip or tar.gz) to ALL #Joomla install in the agent root directory.

Why one or many component?

I want to be able to track also component dependencies issues.

Lets say that SecurityImages does not play well with VirtueMart, I may want to test also that combination across #Joomla! instances, that’s why VirtueMart may have to be deployed with SecurityImages or not.


  • Running SVN server, see HERE for installing it on windows
  • Installed JVM, latest JDK 1.6u10
  • Running TeamCity server
  • Running XAMPP with HTTP root directory at TeamCity agent root directory.
  • Apache ANT with additional library for more control (if, case, for loop)

This articles will be available in my WIKI soon so any reader or developer can participate to the discussion, next step is to implement the above and that will e documented as well 🙂

About The Author

Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.