Project Management and Automation: Using Maven and Grunt to accelerate development

Date and Time: 
2014 April 7th @ 9:30am
CG1 Auditorium
Matthew Hanlon

Good project management practices and well-defined development workflows are essential to the success of any large-scale software project. Common malpractices committed by developers include neglecting to test, putting off documentation, and not following the DRY ("don’t repeat yourself") principle, to name a few. This behavior can result in buggy production code, longer development cycles, and slower ramp-up time for new developers, among other things. By using automation tools, we can ensure that the boring and repetitive, yet essential, tasks of project management, documentation, and unit testing get done without developers having to think about it. Applied properly, these tools can reduce frustration, increase productivity, and result in both happier developers and better software.

In the Web and Mobile Applications group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center we have implemented a project management and automation process for our large-scale web application projects using Apache Maven [1] for project management and dependency handling and Grunt [2] for common task execution. We also utilize other tools including Bower [3] for JavaScript library management, Sass [4] and Compass [5] for managing stylesheets, and Doxygen [6] for generating documentation. This talk will show how developers can implement these tools in order to speed up their development, reduce frustration, and improve the quality of their software.

[4] http://sass­
[5] http://compass­

Speaker Description: 

Matthew Hanlon manages the Web and Mobile Applications group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. He currently leads the TACC User Portal project and is also involved with several other projects including the XSEDE User Portal, the iPlant Collaborative, and the Arabidopsis Information Portal. He has expertise in developing data-intensive web applications for the scientific community and works to promote the development of standards-based, composable software for building scientific web applications.

Matthew earned a BS in Mathematics from Spring Hill College and a MS in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama.

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