Electric Cloud Releases Free Tool to Make Developer Software Builds Up to Ten Times Faster

By Electric Cloud, PRNE
Sunday, December 13, 2009

SparkBuild Helps Developers Do Real Build Avoidance, Supports Agile Practices

SUNNYVALE, California, December 14 - Electric Cloud(R), the leading provider of software production management
(SPM) solutions, has released SparkBuild(TM), a free software build tool that
makes developer builds up to ten times faster. SparkBuild helps developers
overcome the challenges inherent in build avoidance techniques and makes
debugging faster and easier. It is free for both commercial and
non-commercial projects, and can be downloaded at www.sparkbuild.com, an
online community featuring SparkBuild discussion forums, how-to videos, and

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SparkBuild is the culmination of Electric Cloud's years of experience
creating software build-test-deploy solutions that support Agile development
techniques. SparkBuild includes ground-breaking new build avoidance
technology that enables the fast, frequent local builds that are a
requirement in Agile environments. Build results are displayed graphically,
making it easy to pinpoint and correct errors. It's based on the technology
developed for Electric Cloud's commercial enterprise tools including the
ElectricAccelerator(R) distributed build system, and the ElectricInsight(R)
build visualization tool.

"To date, developers have been forced to choose between slow and safe or
fast and dangerous desktop builds," said Mike Maciag, Electric Cloud CEO.
"Electric Cloud solved the build speed and accuracy problem for full builds
with our ElectricAccelerator product. Now we're leveraging our expertise and
technology to provide this benefit on the developer desktop with a free

Enterprises hire software developers to write great code. Waiting for a
build to complete or taking time to debug a broken build is time that is not
spent creating great code. Worse, errors can be introduced in a production
build when a developer tries to save time by avoiding or partially building
their changes prior to checking in code, techniques which often produce
incorrect results.

One of SparkBuild's key features is the ability to avoid unnecessary work
by automatically reducing a full build to the smallest subset of critical
changes. Traditional "build avoidance" techniques like object re-use and
incremental builds often break builds, creating more headaches than they
solve. To reliably avoid those problems, developers are forced to recompile
the entire application when making changes, even though an individual's
changes may affect only a small portion of an application.

Electric Cloud is taking a fresh approach to the problem with subbuilds,
a technology which identifies and builds only the components that are
essential to a developer's current focus. This delivers fewer broken builds,
huge time savings and the ability to compile and test frequently and without
affecting the rest of the team, a critical Agile development practice.

SparkBuild can be used with or without Electric Cloud's commercial
solutions. It is the latest addition to Electric Cloud's SPM portfolio, which
provides specific solutions for agile development, test automation, build
management, build acceleration, and geographically distributed development.

About Electric Cloud

Electric Cloud is the leading provider of software production management
(SPM) solutions. Electric Cloud solutions automate, accelerate and analyze
software build-test-deploy processes to optimize both physical and virtual IT
environments. The company's patented and award-winning products help
development organizations to speed time to market, boost developer
productivity, and improve software quality. Leading companies across a
variety of industries, including semiconductors, enterprise IT, ISVs, mobile
devices, and transactional Web sites rely on Electric Cloud's Software
Production Management solutions to transform software production from a
liability to a competitive advantage. For customer inquiries please contact
Electric Cloud at +1-408-419-4300 or www.electric-cloud.com.

(c) 2009 Electric Cloud, Inc. All rights reserved. Electric Cloud,
ElectricCommander, ElectricInsight, ElectricAccelerator, Electric Make and
SparkBuild are trademarks of Electric Cloud. Other company and product names
may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Liz Haas of Atomic PR, +1-415-402-0230, Liz (at) atomicpr.com

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