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Organize your chickens: NuGet for the enterprise


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Managing software dependencies, whether those created in-house or from third parties can be a pain in the behind. Whether dependencies feel like wild chickens or people run around like chickens dealing with dependencies, the NuGet package manager can be a cure. Let us guide you to creating enterprise (chicken) NuGets and dealing with them in a structured, easy-to-maintain manner. From developer workstation to build server, NuGet tastes great! We'll provide you the dip sauce.

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Organize your chickens: NuGet for the enterprise

  1. 1. Organize Your Chickens - NuGet for the EnterpriseMaarten Balliauw@maartenballiauwRealDolmen
  2. 2. Organize Your Chickens NuGet for the Enterprise
  3. 3. Who am I?• Maarten Balliauw• Antwerp, Belgium•• Focus on web – ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, PHP, Azure, … – MVP Windows Azure (formerly ASP.NET)•• @maartenballiauw• Author: Pro NuGet -
  4. 4. Agenda• NuGet• Scenarios – Host your own NuGet repository Chickens?! – Continuous Package Integration – Abusing NuGet – NuGet Inception• Conclusion
  5. 5. NuGet
  6. 6. Welcome to Dependency Hell frustration“A term for the of software users who haveinstalled software packages which have dependencies onspecific versions of other software packages.” (Wikipedia)
  7. 7. Cause and Effect• Reinventing the wheel – We don’t need that dependency – “If they can do it, we can do it, but better”  What happened to reuse of components?• Marketing-Driven Versioning – People are waiting for v2 to buy – Let’s call it v4 Platform Update SP3 November Edition KB2348063 RTW Refresh  We lost ownership of AssemblyVersion ?
  8. 8. Package Management• NuGet to the Rescue! “NuGet is a Visual Studio extension that makes it easy to install and update open source libraries and tools in Visual Studio.”• Simple concept – Find Packages – (Re)Use Packages – Produce Packages
  9. 9. DEMOFinding & consuming a NuGet package
  10. 10. DEMOpublishing a NuGet packageCreating &
  11. 11. Semantic Versioning• Think about your versioning! ( Major Breaking changes Minor Backwards compatible API additions/changes Patch Bugfixes not affecting the API – Always specify lowerbound – Use a version range (lowerbound + upperbound) when versioning of package you depend on is messed up
  12. 12. Hosting a repository
  13. 13. Hosting your own repository• NuGet = public feed – Privacy – Intellectual property• NuGet maintained by package authors – Author removes v1.0.45 and you depend on it
  14. 14. Solutions• Folder / File share• NuGet.Server package• NuGet Gallery (or Orchard Gallery)• MyGet
  15. 15. DEMONuGet.Server
  16. 16. NuGet.Server limitations• Only 1 feed per installation• No UI – up to you to build it• No granular security – only 1 API-key for entire feed• Conclusion: requires you to develop if you want something more useful
  17. 17. Meet MyGet•• NaaS – Register and off you go!• Supports Enterprise scenarios – Granular security – Package mirroring – Proxying
  18. 18. DEMOMyGet
  19. 19. Continuous PackageIntegration
  20. 20. Typical source control...• Contains /References (if you are lucky) – ...and also Project/_bin_deployable_assemblies – ...and also /References/old – ...and also /..././../.././References• Usually references GAC-ed assemblies
  21. 21. Dependencies• Software has dependencies. Deal with it.• But are those YOUR intellectual property? – YOUR reason to build software? – YOUR product?• No. They are dependencies. And they don’t belong in source control.
  22. 22. Continuous Package Integration• Can I get rid of all these referenced assemblies duplicated all-over my source control system? Yes!• Do I need to install and maintain NuGet on all my build agents? No!
  23. 23. DEMOPackage Restore
  24. 24. 3rd parties don’t belong in your VCS• Replace them with NuGet packages• Do commit packagesrepositories.config file• Use Enable-PackageRestore
  25. 25. Problem!• NuGet feed is subject to change... – PackageSource msbuild property to the rescue (NuGet.settings.targets in $(SolutionDir).nuget folder)• Now what... – Host your own feed and mirror packages – Or use MyGet for that 
  26. 26. Organize your chickens• Feed structuring – Scoped by quality: Build, QA, Production, … – Scoped by audience: public, restricted access – Other: • Scoped by product version, milestone… • Scoped by target platform
  27. 27. Guidance• Publishing a package brings great responsibility – Breaking changes in your packages should be versioned accordingly! – Consumers might choose to no longer consume any packages you published
  28. 28. Guidance• Package Integration ≠ Integration Testing – CI builds reflect output of source control input – Same input always produces same output  Do not auto-update packages during automated builds
  29. 29. Abusing NuGet
  30. 30. Abusing NuGet?Change of perspective NuGet is a package manager NuGet is a protocol for distributing packages
  31. 31. NuGet as a Protocol
  32. 32. Automate deployments• Build results in .nupkg• Octopus deploys to its tentacles – Test tentacles – Staging tentacles – Production tentacles•
  33. 33. Chocolatey• NuGet – developer library packages• Chocolatey – applications and tools packager – “yum” or “apt-get” for Windows•
  34. 34. DEMOChocolatey
  35. 35. Build Continuous Test Delivery of the MyGet website Package using: Push  TeamCity  NuGet Release / Publish  MyGet Deploy  OctopusDEMO DeliveryContinuous
  36. 36. ConclusionDependencies & people are chickens Deal with them! NuGet can help Set up your own NuGet repository Continuous package integration NuGet is a package manager NuGet is a protocol
  37. 37. @maartenballiauw THANK YOU! or Install-Package ProNuGet#tdvs