Build status displayer XFD open sourced
London-based Build Doctor has announced that it has open sourced XFD, a web application designed to display the status of continuous integration systems such as Hudson or Cruise Control so that it can be quickly read on a shared status display in an office.
Created in 2010 by Build Doctor, eXtreme Feedback Device (XFD) is a web application which is configured with the host, URI, continuous integration type and, if needed, user name and password for a build system. It will then poll that system regularly and display the build status of projects on that server.
It was created when Build Doctor's Julian Simpson saw that a deployment and dependency free status monitor would be useful for development teams. To solve that problem, XFD runs entirely in the web browser and displays a red/green status report for each build task.
Over time, XFD has acquired the ability to talk to Hudson, Jenkins, variants of CruiseControl and, with a plugin, TeamCity; it can display the gravatar of the user breaking the build, make connections to the build server over HTTPS and filter which builds are displayed. The project has now been open sourced under the AGPL3 and published on GitHub. Julian Simpson at Build Doctor says their next XFD release will be built using the GitHub project.