Toolchain Releases Significant Update to the Pants Open Source Build System
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Toolchain, lead sponsor of Pants, the distributed open source software build system, today announced a significant upgrade to Pants, further empowering application development teams with a comprehensive approach to ensuring fast, and consistent software builds. As part of the release, Toolchain is actively seeking developers to provide feedback to the preview release version of Pants to help further shape the direction and capabilities of the solution. Toolchain also announced it is now providing enterprise support and services for Pants, providing organizations of all sizes with a proven, enterprise-grade solution for managing their software build projects.
Traditional build systems used to orchestrate all of the separate tools and steps involved in the software build process were designed a generation or more ago, are challenging with which to scale codebases, and present artificial barriers to meeting the high demands of contemporary software development. For example, Bazel was developed by Google to meet that company’s specific needs and it requires highly-specialized build engineering experts in-house to manage it. In addition, it is hard to maintain, complicated to use and is a challenge to customize it to meet the unique requirements of individual development teams.
Pants is designed from the ground up to serve modern agile software engineering practices among a diverse range of developer teams. It facilitates engineering best practices, such as robust testing, and adds highly-granular intelligent caching to significantly accelerate test suite execution both locally and in remote environments such as continuous integration (CI). By systematizing the entire build process, Pants makes modern software development and deployment more resistant to errors and mistakes that lead to security vulnerabilities, and can help prevent emerging threats such as supply chain attacks into a company’s software stack. Development teams can decide whether to have Pants suggest or enforce changes to the code, such as modifying files to ensure they comply with the team's formatting requirements.
Toolchain’s co-founders Benjy Weinberger and John Sirois developed Pants and the company is the lead sponsor of the Pants open-source build system project. Toolchain team of experts provides scalable support and services for development teams ranging from single digits to thousands of enterprise developers.
Capabilities now available for Python, Shell, and Docker, and in preview release for Java, Scala and Go include:
“A rapid development and build process are critical to Coinbase’s success. Pants' state-of-the-art support for Python made it the obvious build tool for our team, and we're excited to see similar capabilities being made available for the JVM,” said ??Leo Liang, Head of Analytics and Machine Learning Platform at Coinbase.
“Pants is a cutting edge build system designed by the community to meet the requirements of a large, diverse set of developers and developer teams,” said Benjy Weinberger, co-founder, and CEO, Toolchain. “Based on my experience working at technology companies of all sizes, I believe that build tools must support a wide range of approaches, and not be tied to the requirements of any one organization. Toolchain’s vision for Pants and the software build market matches that of the community - deliver a solution that provides the capabilities for any development team, regardless of the languages they use or their build processes.”
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