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Buildout is a Python-based build system for creating, assembling and deploying applications from multiple parts, some of which may be non-Python-based. It lets you create a buildout configuration and reproduce the same software later.

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Buildout review by John M.
John M.
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"Buildout - the easy way to deploy Django apps"

What do you like best?

Buildout is open source and extremely flexible. It also has a large number or third party add ons that make it easy to integrate any workflow you want. I use buildout with a modified django recipe to deploy app 'snaphots' to our servers that can be rolled back or forward if there are any app errors. I also integrate with Newrelic's API, Github and Buildbot as part of a continuous deployment system that allows any developer on the team to deploy to live or test environments in a matter of seconds.

What do you dislike?

The only issue I have with Buildout is it's builtin dependency on Pypi. There have been issues where Pypi has been down (once or twice a year) and we have been unable to bootstrap apps. Fortunately such issues are usually easy to work around for me but they have occasionally interfered with development..

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tried and tested.

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

Our developers are able to deploy to multiple environments without any delays. We are easily able to integrate with other systems and services to allow proper audits, monitoring and testing

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Buildout review by Encolpe D.
Encolpe D.
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"A good deployement product"

What do you like best?

It is focused on repeatable deployment. You can put it on the top of a blank operating system and build your whole platform with it. It is not limited on python, you can easily deploy other languages and configure complex softwares. As it makes repeatable deployment, it is perfect for continuous integration and testing.

It also be able to prepare offline release for systems on isolated networks.

What do you dislike?

Poor documentation based on python doctest. Some features are not explained or are hide in the code. The learning curve quickly reach a ceiling if you're not able to RTSL.

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

It makes fast and reliable deployment on projects that need reactivity. You can easily push 10 versions a day on offline sytems. You can also detect regression before making release.

Migration to the next major release was also painless.

What Continuous Deployment solution do you use?

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Buildout review by Geoffrey C.
Geoffrey C.
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"Love it and use it in all my projects."

What do you like best?

Extremely configurable for any python project to have your project working in any environment.

What do you dislike?

Very little documentation! It's pretty hard to learn how to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Difficult to get into but well worth it.

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

Managing dependencies.

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