Pour me an Inch of that Elixir12 May 2015
I recently announced the addition of Build History to Inch CI. I did not disclose however that Elixir played a vital part in this.
Build History gives you an overview of what changed over time regarding Inch’s evaluation. It does so in real-time and that magic is provided by Gossip, a socket server that uses Phoenix Channels for passing messages between Inch CI’s worker processes and connected clients.
The workers on the other hand can “ping” the Gossip server with a simple HTTP request to signal events that are taking place. As you may have noticed, these clients and workers are not written in Phoenix or Elixir, nor do they need to be, since the used technologies are all based on open technology/standards.
The result: builds appear auto-magically in the history of a project whenever a build starts, updates or finishes. It’s like magic.