Created: 2008-09-05 12:22
Updated: 2017-07-23 21:42
License: mit




Integration is a Ruby gem that provides a set of tasks to automate all steps of a synchronous continuous integration process, that is, continuous integration without a server such as CruiseControl. Why? Because that's the way we like it!


Add it to your Gemfile:

group :test, :development do
  gem 'integration', :git => 'git://'

After installing the plugin is ready to be used and you will need to execute only one task in order to integrate your code safely:

rake integrate


[ProTip] Using Simplecov

Using simplecov on your test suite will make your tests to run slower. You can fix it using an environment variable called "coverage" on test_helper.rb/spec_helper.rb to turn on/off the simplecov. See below:

spec_helper.rb or test_helper.rb

if ENV['coverage'] == 'on'
  require 'simplecov'
  SimpleCov.start 'rails'

The "coverage" variable is set to "on" by the integration process. When running tests/specs while you're developing, simplecov doesn't run, unless you set "coverage" environment variable by hand.

Integration Steps

The integration process is composed of several steps that are explained ahead. It's possible to skip one or more steps and add other steps of your own. This will be demonstrated shortly. The complete set of steps are:

  1. task git:status_check

    Check if all local files are under control of your scm.

  • task log:clear

    Remove log files.

  • task tmp:clear

    Remove temporary files.

  • task backup:local

    Backup files locally. This is done before scm update to create a recovery point if you have problems during scm update. If a file merge creates undesirable effects on the software, you can recover from the backup file. Backup file names have a timestamp. By default, the last 30 backups are kept. You may change this number as you'll see shortly. This task won't work on Windows because it uses tar. So, if you're using Windows you'll have to write your own version of this task or just stop using Windows. We highly recommend the later.

  • task git:pull

    Update local files from your remote scm repository.

  • task db:migrate

    Execute any new database migration created by other team members since the last integration.

  • Your test/spec suite

    Set the rake task your test/spec suite needs to run. Use a command that generate the coverage files.

  • coverage_verify

    Check if tests/specs cover 100% of the application code.

  • git:push

    Push your changes. If any of the previous tasks break, because one test failed, for instance, the script won't push. Actually this task runs only if every checking done before work well.

Using this almost paranoid sequence of steps it will be hard to check in bad code in your repository, which is good, very good. The idea is that you should treat your repository as a sacred place, where only good code should ever enter.

More examples

  • Reckless programmer

    So you don't have tests, nor specs but you still want to use the integration. You might get away with this customized lib/tasks/integration.rake:


    The fact that you can get away with this doesn't mean you should. Don't you think it's already time to grow up and become more professional about software development? I know you believe you have a great excuse to avoid writing those tests or specs. Still it's just an excuse. Write tests or write specs and make a better world!

  • Test conscious programmer

    You haven't jumped on the BDD bandwagon yet. Instead, you write tests, which is good, but they don't cover all of your code yet, which is bad. We believe you will improve it and make sure your tests cover 100% of your code. In the meantime you might need to skip coverage checkings. Oh, you also don't use Selenium. Shame on you! Try this:


    As a matter of fact, since this case might be very common, we decided to create a lib/tasks/integration.rake for you once the plugin has been installed. It has this very configuration and you can use it as a starting point to customize your integration process.

  • Spec infected programmer

    So you used to TDD all around but then someone told you that this is for gramma. The new wave has a name on it: BDD. So, of course, you now have specs covering 100% of your code and doesn't have any more tests. Great! Just do it:



Integration version 0.3.0

Release Notes

  • Version 0.3.0 - Remove old svn support. Add support for Simplecov on Ruby 1.9.
  • Version 0.2.4 - Added support for git and git-svn. Thanks to Sylvestre Mergulhão and Eduardo Fiorezi.
  • Version 0.2.3 - BUG FIX: Rake db:migrate fails when default RAILS_ENV is used. Thanks to Celestino Gomes for fix this bug.
  • Version 0.2.2 - Removed vendor/plugins/* commit. This commit is necessary when use plugins with externals but it is not a good practice. Piston is the correct way to use externals plugins. If you want to use externals commit in your integration process you can create a svn:commit:after task.
  • Version 0.2.1 - BUG FIX: Setting 'RAILS_ENV' wasn't affecting migrations. This bug fix changes this behavior and makes sure that 'RAILS_ENV' set by the user will always be respected, for all tasks. Thanks to Sylvestre Mergulhão for point this out.
  • Version 0.2 - Added support for SKIP_COMMIT_MESSAGES'.


This code is free to be used under the terms of the MIT license.


Comments are welcome.


Marcos Tapajós Sylvestre Mergulhão Vinícius Teles

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