JavaOne 2008 - Hudson wins the 2008 Duke's Choice Award
I like the Dukes Choice Awards. They have to be the most unashamably geeky awards in the industry. Indeed, the Dukes Choice Awards recognize "cool tools, technologies, and products". This appeals to my inner geek enormously, and so I find it very cool.
Anyway, this year, the Dukes Choice Awards has chosen one of my personal favorites for the "Developer Solutions" category, the Hudson Continuous Integration tool. Hudson is a relatively young tool, but it has been progressing at a phenomenal rate over the last year or two. Installation and configuration is a breeze, and there are an impressive number of plugins for extra features, including some very cool plugins for reporting on test results, code coverage, and code metrics.
The only downsides in the current version is that security is a bit limited (but getting better), and you don't get the sort of fancy pre-emtive builds that TeamCity offers. But it's very easy to get up and running quickly. If you're choosing a CI server, you definately should take a look at Hudson.