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AppVeyor review by Trevor B.
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"Simple Windows-based continuous integration server"

What do you like best?

Unlike other CI services, AppVeyor has Windows-based infrastructure, which allows me to test my software on all major platforms. Setting up projects with appveyor.yml is straightforward and matches with how other similar non-Windows based services do configuration.

Appveyor's Python support is impressive as it offers several different Python versions including both 32 and 64 bit versions of Python, and Miniconda-based Python installations. The documentation associated with the Python environment is also well done and contains the information you need to get your builds running quickly.

What do you dislike?

Builds can be slow in the free version that does not allow concurrent jobs. The paid option allowing concurrent jobs is too expensive. While AppVeyor allows your to change what your configuration file is named, it does annoy me that the default is appveyor.yml, rather than a file prepended with a dot to make it hidden.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would find it difficult to justify the expense of the Premium plan, but for open source projects, AppVeyor is great. If the lack of concurrent jobs is an issue, I would recommend limiting the number of tests that you run with AppVeyor. Do your detailed testing and generate coverage reports with another faster CI and use AppVeyor to ensure that your basic tests run in 32 and 64 bit Windows.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Windows is likely the most commonly used platform for our users, yet all of our developers use Mac OS X or Linux. AppVeyor ensures that our products still work in Windows without having to have a dedicated Windows build machine.

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AppVeyor review by Rachith P.
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"Pretty good for windows builds and python developers!!"

What do you like best?

Well, Firstly, its free for open source projects. A good CI build that includes build, test, and deploy means that you don't have to fear your code. When compared to Travis CI which is expensive for active projects, artifacts here are easily available. However for database CI AppVeyor has the major advantage that it comes with a SQL Server database on the build agents by default. This significantly simplifies the setup and avoids the need to provision, setup and teardown database virtual machines on each build.

What do you dislike?

1. Its slow compared to Travis CI.

2. Platform Development!- Works for only windows! It would be good to have all in one place( for linux users).

3. Free accounts have slow build.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's quite easy to use. However the documentation isn't good, only source of info is reviews and forums.

Support is really helpful, and often they will implement things that are missing and preventing you from moving forward.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Windows users do not need to face any problems as the python packages undergo automatic regression testing with AppVeyor.

2. Testing and packaging cross-platform Python Modules for open source projects.

3. AppVeyor let's us continuously build and test our code at a rapid pace.

What Continuous Deployment solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
AppVeyor review by John V.
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"Very useful for Python developers"

What do you like best?

The best feature of AppVeyor is they allow *any* artefacts to be captured from the build and downloaded easily from Appveyor. This is a big feature over Travis, which has a recipe for using Amazon S3 to store artefacts, but that turns out to be quite expensive for very active projects.

What do you dislike?

No support for Github organisation authorisation.

Slow builds for free accounts.

Protection of environment variables is sub-optimal. Several times a command has failed and Appveyor has dumped out all variables, including passwords, to the log. As the log is on the net, the log then needs to be deleted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be *very* careful with putting passwords in environment variables. Appveyor likes dumping them to the log if there is a problem with a command.

Avoid cmd scripts like the plague.

Create build logic as .ps1 scripts.

For Python, use the demo project's appveyor.yml: https://github.com/ogrisel/python-appveyor-demo

For coverage, use https://codecov.io/ instead of https://coveralls.io/ , works very well with Appveyor, but also integrated with Travis - it merges coverage data from Appveyor and Travis together, allowing cross-platform coverage data. coveralls.io fails badly in this scenario.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I primarily work on Pywikibot, a framework for automated maintenance of wikis.

Automatic regression testing of Python packages using Appveyor ensures Windows users do not suffer regressions caused by our primarily Linux/OSX development team.

AppVeyor review by Cameron T.
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"Great for any Windows Builds"

What do you like best?

We've been using AppVeyor for over a year. We recently jumped up to 5 concurrent jobs, which really helps speed up our matrix builds. Pricing is simple. Support is superb. I really like that they have an integrated NuGet feed. We use it for build dependences and Chocolatey software installs. Setting up environments to deploy web app builds to Azure App Service is simple. Many developers at our company use AppVeyor for their open source projects too, so they are familiar with it, and some build scripts can be shared.

What do you dislike?

The updates have caused our builds to break a couple of times, but switching back to the previous image was just a single line change in appveyor.yml. At times, it would be useful to control the build image, or at least a layer on top of their's.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely try it out. Take a look at many of the open source projects are currently using it. Just search for appveyor.yml in GitHub.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for building all our software, automated testing (unit and some integration), continuous deployment, and all other deployments.

AppVeyor review by Tauseef R.
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"CI system for windows based builds"

What do you like best?

Language and framework support. Every problem that I have with travis, appveyor solves it. I tried a c++ project and setting it up to use a proper compiler was a breeze as appveyor comes with standard msvc and mingw compiler suites, ruby, python and most common languages are well supported. Builds started almost right away and showed up in the console whenever I pushed to github and the builds were very fast too. The web-ui is pretty slick and barebones, but it works for most of the cases. It mails your registered email address with latest build results.

What do you dislike?

Obviously, platform support. It works only well for windows. As it is right now, you have to use travis for linux/osx AND appveyor for windows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As with any CI systems, try it with a sample project first. It is easier than travis, as the same project took me a lot less to setup in appveyor so there is that. If you need to have cross-platform/windows build support, currently appveyor seems the only way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I just need to push to github and appveyor will start the build/test procedure right away, informing me the results via mail. This also negates the need to state current build status in readme as it can be seen directly form the ci badge.

AppVeyor review by Abhas B.
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"Only free hosted CI server for Windows, very customizable"

What do you like best?

1. Builds on Windows, essential for cross-platform applications

2. Free for open-source projects

3. Allows downloading compiled files, ready for distribution - called "Artifacts"

4. Very good integration with everything Windows - Nuget, Visual Studio, Azure and well documented.

What do you dislike?

1. Windows-only - A really cross-platform free CI server is very necessary to stop writing similar but different config files for separate Windows and linux severs.

2. Much slower compared to Travis CI, which runs multiple test setups in parallel by default.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Quite easy to use, but a bit overwhelming when getting started - Start with a basic appveyor config and start adding build steps one-by-one to get acquainted. Use Nuget to install things, it works just like apt-get for linux.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Testing and packaging cross-platform Python Modules for open source projects

Benefits -

Before I joined the project, it used to be developed by a linux-only person and so, it was marked as "Not ready for windows" because he couldn't test it on Windows machines. Considering that python itself is so cross-platform, it is sad to see such status alerts on some projects.

After doing some minor Windows fixes, it was very important to do continuous testing on Windows, so that the admin can easily catch if it will fail on Windows, without maintaining such a setup.

AppVeyor review by Nikhil H.
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"CI system for Windows. Also pretty useful for Python developers."

What do you like best?

Appveyor is built on Windows. Artifacts (downloaded compiled files - ready for distribution) are easily available and this is an advantage over Travis which is expensive for active projects. The web user interface is pretty cool and efficient. Appveyor also provides framework support - comes with standard MSVC and MINGW.

What do you dislike?

Platform dependent - Biggest drawback.

Works well only for Windows

GitHub organization authorization is not supported

Slow compared to Travis CI

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

GitHub is the primary delivery address for me. Appveyor mails me the results of the build procedure right away so that saves me time from checking the status via a readme.

Windows users do not need to face any problems as the python packages undergo automatic regression testing with Appveyor.

AppVeyor review by Mathew S.
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"Simple and Powerful"

What do you like best?

- NuGet.Support

- Good integration with GitHub pull requests

- Configuration in YAML

- Deployment to custom environments

- best 4 Windows

- Safe with isolated build environments

- good customer support

- outstanding free service for open-source projects

What do you dislike?

- a bit slow than others

- need to support more operating systems

- No Java support

- No IDE integration

Recommendations to others considering the product

AppVeyor is Simple, Powerful and Great 4 Windows and GitHub.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work mainly on open-source projects.

AppVeyor conducts all the tests on my code and keeps monitoring its status on every change.

On receiving a pull request, AppVeyor automatically checks for errors and reports if merging a pull request would break my code.

AppVeyor review by Mark W.
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"AppVeyor makes it incredibly easy to configure and deploy"

What do you like best?

The ease of configuration. The fact that it's a hosted service is a massive plus because it means you don't have to manage the underlying infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

It needs more configuration options for parallel builds. I'd like to be able to limit the amount of builds per branch.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There's nothing better in terms of build automation out there in the marketplace. The VMs have everything you need in order build in most environments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use AppVeyor to build our products. We've quickly seen that AppVeyor's build time is considerably less than our previously TeamCity installation.

AppVeyor review by Ken H.
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"Quality Continuous Integration for the .NET Projects"

What do you like best?

Generally fast build queue. We have multiple projects and when we're pushing out features rapidly it's nice to have the builds not pile up so we get immediate feedback if the build breaks.

What do you dislike?

The setup / configuration of a project is complex. We generally have .NET applications so using the MS Build process works well for those. We haven't yet configured a Node application successfully and are still relying on deployment using GitHub hooks. There's not much in the way of documentation, mostly community questions and answers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AppVeyor let's us continuously build and test our code at a rapid pace. We can get the code in our test environment simply by merging to the right branch after all the tests pass.

AppVeyor review by Peter D.
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"Solid cloud-based build solution for our Windows Phone app"

What do you like best?

I love that I do not have to maintain the build servers. Once our build configuration was set up, I could just forget about it, and it just works. Aside from that, support is great--fast, and helpful. It is also great to have that peace of mind about the status of the build when performing pull requests into our "develop" branch. Additionally, I no longer have to build store-ready packages on my own machine. Now, no matter the status of my own enlistment, I can pull ready-to-publish appxupload packages out of the build artifacts in our release branches and publish them straight to the store. It saves me hours of work during release cycles, which happen now every four weeks.

What do you dislike?

My only wish would be tighter integration with HockeyApp. We currently deploy using a PowerShell script that I have written. In my experience, using custom scripts inside of CI is sometimes brittle. It hasn't failed so far in the two to three months since I set the whole system up, but if that integration were there, it would be one less thing to worry about.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really dig into the trial to see if it meets your needs, and talk to support when you have pain points. Support is really helpful, and often they will implement things that are missing and preventing you from moving forward.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the problem of streamlining a continuous deployment of our mobile app. We need to push updates out every four weeks. In that world, catching build problems early and often, and being able to offload the actual building of the packages from our developers is extremely important. Two nice benefits materialized from this: QA always has the latest builds from "develop" without developer intervention, and our unit tests always get run, even when developers forget to do so.

AppVeyor review by Terry N.
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"A simple service that ensures the integrity of your code "

What do you like best?

AppVeyor is virtually a turnkey solution for continuous integration and build automation. It's easy to configure to handle continuous integration. It has Github integration and giving it access to your repository is almost a one-click process. Github teams are supported as well, allowing people to maintain individual accounts to avoid sharing of accounts.

Build times are short and logs are provided. We also don't seem to have run into any bandwidth issues, so downloading additional resources like art assets are not a problem.

I don't use any of the unit testing options, but it supports a variety of implementation methods. You can test with an additional assembly or do simple scripts.

What do you dislike?

It's an excellent solution for anyone developing on Windows. If you're on Linux, you'll be out of luck. Fortunately, there are plenty of other solutions to be had, like Travis CI. However, it would be convenient to have it all in one place.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Small teams with a .NET project that are looking for a CI solution for open source projects should consider AppVeyor. The setup is short and painless, and there are plenty of configuration options to support additional features like unit testing and hooks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can easily tell with each commit whether or not the HEAD is currently broken. Additionally, producing daily developer builds to show to PMs as well as distribute to testers has been moved away from being someone's responsibility to something's responsibility.

AppVeyor review by Utkarsh U.
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"Used it for unit-testing a Python package on Windows"

What do you like best?

It is easy to set up and maintain, independently of other CI services. Also, it hooks well with Github pull requests.

What do you dislike?

The free tier of the service is very slow and makes merging of PRs a little painful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AppVeyor is great for managing pull requests, but it is too slow for an active local development team.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The package I am maintaining depends on functionality being provided by the OS and I like to maintain nearly 100% code coverage. I use other CI services for testing on Linux but AppVeyor allows me to run the tests on Windows as well.

AppVeyor review by Bhaskar C.
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"Good online virtual machine"

What do you like best?

The main feature eliminates the need for installing software on your laptop. The need to have a ubuntu system is also removed. Simple yet powerful.

What do you dislike?

The online processing does take more time than usual. As it is online, internet is required. So when out of reach of internet we cannot use this service.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The need for having a ubuntu system is removed. Virtual box or virtual machine makes the windows quite slow, so it is good to use appveyor if we intend to use ubuntu virtual machine just for compiling programs.

AppVeyor review by Gary S.
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"Cloud-based Continuous Integration and Deployment for .NET Development with AppVeyor"

What do you like best?

For our solution we liked the ease of use AppVeyor gave us with the Microsoft .NET technology stack. There are similar products, but few that excel with this stack. As AppVeyor states, '#1 Continuous Delivery service for Windows'. I wrote a post on our POC at https://programmaticponderings.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/cloud-based-continuous-integration-and-delivery-for-net-development.

What do you dislike?

There was very little to dislike. We first tested AppVeyor almost 1 year ago. It's continued to evolve and mature since then. It was easy enough while not being overly restrictive with a heavy UI.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Run a POC with an internal project or existing app with their free level. See how you like it. You can leverage your learning when you start using it for production.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As we move more apps to the cloud, we were seeking an enterprise-scale solution for cloud-based Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment of .NET Apps and services.

AppVeyor review by User
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"A really good integration system"

What do you like best?

It's simple and gorgeous. The build dashboard is impressive and comforting. It can add tests, and identify artifacts (results of the build) and act on them. You can automate deployment to whatever environment you like. Impressively, AppVeyor restores NuGet packages as well. It's a great example of Software as a Service

AppVeyor says they "automate building, testing and deployment of .NET applications helping your team to focus on delivering great apps."

Cool. I like automation, I like building, testing and deploying. I'm lazy, as are all good developers, so automated all the things!

Their pricing is impressive. It's free for unlimited public repositories, which means I can setup a CI build for all my little utilities and open source projects on GitHub. However, their Pro and Premium options are extremely competitive when compared against running my own VM and CI system in Azure for a month.

What do you dislike?

AppVeyor is really impressive, fun to use, and "just works." It's a great example of Software as a Service there is nothing much user can complaint when compared to other platforms in the same area

Recommendations to others considering the product

AppVeyor says they "automate building, testing and deployment of .NET applications helping your team to focus on delivering great apps."

Cool. I like automation, I like building, testing and deploying. I'm lazy, as are all good developers, so automated all the things!

I can add tests, and identify artifacts (results of the build) and act on them.you can automate deployment to whatever environment you like. Push to Blob Storage (like I do for myEcho), push to a NuGet server, or Web Deploy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Continuous Integration. CI build that includes build, test, and deploy option for my CI system automate building, testing and deployment of .NET applications are the few applications

AppVeyor says they "automate building, testing and deployment of .NET applications helping your team to focus on delivering great apps."

Cool. I like automation, I like building, testing and deploying. I'm lazy, as are all good developers, so automated all the things!

AppVeyor review by Dominic M.
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"Easy continuous integration testing on windows"

What do you like best?

- Ease of setup

- Capability to develop test configuration interactively online

- Availability of compilers and tool chains

What do you dislike?

Probably my biggest complaint is the relatively high latency of builds. After a commit it takes a fairly long time before builds start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used appveyor to implement continuous integration testing for several of my open source projects. This has made it possible for inexperienced developers (domain scientists) to contribute without running the risk of breaking the software

AppVeyor review by Michael Ira K.
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"appveyor - essential for cross platform application development"

What do you like best?

ability to build my linux applications under windows using cygwin or msys

What do you dislike?

not clear if / how to set up concurrent builds

Recommendations to others considering the product

it seems to be the only CI that can easily be configured to build windows applications

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

open source project - trying to be multi-platform compatible - appveyor has made this possible for me.

AppVeyor review by Mathieu S.
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"Fantastic tool for continuous delivery"

What do you like best?

AppVeyor, with a simple Yaml config, will really help your team build and deploy on various environments. Complete console output helps you find problem when someone... breaks the build!

What do you dislike?

Lately, AppVayor had suffered from its growing popularity, and weird problems have occurred, making builds fail for no apparent reason. Their team has fixed most of them I would say, and things seem to be back to normal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider premium package if you have a large team building many projects everyday.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Replacing local instances of Jenkins with AppVayor has let us put much less time in build machine installation, configuration, and management, and more time in REAL software development.

AppVeyor review by Joshua H.
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"Great option for OSS projects to test in a Windows environment"

What do you like best?

Convenient configuration file format similar to travis, GitHub build status API integration, plenty of pre-installed software for testing environments.

What do you dislike?

Builds can sometimes be a bit slower than competitors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Open source repositories to which I contribute need a way to test their software in a Windows environment (for free!) and ensure that everything works as expected. Appveyor provides exactly this service.

AppVeyor review by Federico T.
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"AppVeyor: CI for Windows"

What do you like best?

I cannot find any other alternative for running tests on Windows

What do you dislike?

It is somehow slow. Sometimes it can take hours waiting for a job to get started.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Finally I have my tests running not only on Linux & Mac but also on Windows.

AppVeyor review by Anthony S.
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"Awesome product, fantastic support"

What do you like best?

Simple to get up and running and then very customisable, whatever you want to do with your builds. Oh and the support goes above and beyond everytime you need it.

What do you dislike?

UI could do with a bit of a facelift, but that's me being picky.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it, you won't regret it. Amazing bit of software, can't recommend highly enough.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Continuous integration and deployment. We were able to build a variety of projects from front-end JS, ASP.NET MVC and WPF apps to back-end services built with Web API, Service Stack, etc.

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