The theme for this conference was “Culture”. If DevOps is a “culture thing”, then surely we need to involve both Dev and Ops. The surprising part was that there did not seem to be anyone from the Dev side of things.
Tomcat has been around forever and hot deploy has never really worked. Found a hilarious thread with the two Hibernate cats laying out the reasons why, um, 6 years ago. Yes folks, this predates the iPhone.
When I work with customers who have even moderately complex deployments, they rarely deploy just a single build at a time. Usually, a collection of builds, updates and configuration is released in some coordinated fashion. Release manifests help with that coordination.
We’re using varnish to cache all the requests that come through our web servers and especially in our pre-production environments we deploy quite frequently and want to see the changes that we’ve made. This means that we need to purge the pages we’re accessing from varnish.
Going forward, I think the Phoenix server is the kind of model I actually want for our AWS deploys.
Like it or not, most of us, whether developers or sysadmins, work in a service industry. It’s fast and furious, and we don’t have time to build features that nobody wants. With sufficient test coverage, there’s no code that can’t be released within a day of pushing to the repository.
Chef is a great way to automate your cloud, and in particular its useful as your environment grows! On Engine Yard, Chef recipes can also be used to configure add-on’s (like Logentries) on your servers as we will explain…
Having trouble with those intermittent bugs that just won't reproduce on my machine; but will reproduce intermittently on other machines while they are running automated testing? Here's how Hudson/Jenkins can help.
I’m sharing my tmux PS1 prompt variable with you. It’s not the most advanced, doesn’t use all of the bells and whistles and I’m still not entirely sure the information it presents is essential but it’s a work in progress. I’d love for you to share your own in the comments in the hope of spreading know-how and ideas!
I’ve been having some intermittent DNS resolution failures on my recent installation of Ubuntu 12.04. Googling showed that I’m not the only one, and the solution found here seems to be working for me:
A goal of the deployment team is to help Java developers deploy their applications to their platform of choice. In some cases, there are multiple ways to do the same thing.
The case of Apple sometimes comes up in discussions around continuous delivery and the lean startup. For example, Richard Durnall described Apple’s strategy to me on Twitter.
There is a common belief in the software development world that a tradeoff exists between speed of delivery and quality, an idea Martin Fowler calls the Tradable Quality Hypothesis. It’s the idea that, in a pinch, you can speed up software delivery by not worrying so much about quality.
Aaron and Nick Weaver talk with Luke Kanies (@puppetmasterd), Founder / CEO @ Puppet Labs, about the evolution of DevOps, the growth of the Puppet community and shifts in how IT operations are being managed.
Most software looks more like a whirlpool than a pipeline. Data swirls around in loops before going down the drain.
… or how you can make on-call for service providers a virtuous cycle. In the tech world, for everything that is running as a service or website 24/7/365, there must be someone available to take care of any issues that arise.
This article gives you practical advice on how to establish a continuous delivery pipeline. The eventual goal is to have an app that we can push out into production anytime we like, safely and with little effort.
Some time ago I set about creating an Android application that could emulate some of the features of Knife from the convenience of your phone. The biggest hurdle was authenticating with the AP.
From time to time I’m working with new recruits and bringing them up to speed in operations. The first thing I emphasize is care with destructive commands.
If you’re building a community project that’s aimed at developers, then throw the content on GitHub. In my case I have the entire site on there too but I think that’s secondary.
This is a guest post I wrote in the Puppetlabs blog for their Module of the Week program about the MaestroDev/maven module we created.
If you haven’t started looking at DevOps in your organization, I highly recommend you do. Not only will it keep you competitive, but it may be the key factor to differentiating your organization from the rest of the market.
I recently created a rubygem console utility to get focused information about your Go Continuous Delivery pipeline easily; no more switching again to browsers. It's called ci-go-nfo.
If you are throwing release parties, or just relieved every time the release doesn’t go wrong, it’s probably time to look into DevOps techniques and automating your releases. It’s not like the business is going to want to slow down the pace.
wWhen discussing the challenges of continious deployment for B2B services with SLAs, we got side tracked discussing using Selenium and Nagios in production. I would recommend that anyone else give this strategy a try.