In a blog post on bad code and technical debt Steve Freeman described how Chris Matts came up with the metaphor of an unhedged call option for bad code. This post is being intensively discussed on Reddit and on Hacker News recently. InfoQ interviewed Steve and Chris about using metaphors for bad code and code smells, trade-offs and costs of low quality code, and responsibilities for code quality.
Pulp is a repository content management tool, supporting RPM, Debian, Puppet modules, and now Docker repositories amongst other content. The project has released version 2.5, including bug fixes and a new plugin to manage Docker repositories.
DevOps Days has celebrated 5 years since the initial conference in Ghent in 2009. With events in Helsinki, Vancouver and Tel Aviv just in the month of November, the DevOps Days series has taken place across multiple cities all over the world in these 5 years. InfoQ talked to Patrick Debois and Kris Buytaert, part of the team that organized the first event 5 years ago.
VictorOps published the results of its survey on the state of on-call activities, which it claims to be the first of its kind. The survey includes data about the challenges of being on-call, the way those who are on-call get notified, the tools they use to support incident resolution, the prevalence of false alarms, the average time of each incident resolution and more.
The Docker project has released version 1.4.0 and 1.3.3 focused on bug fixes and platform stability, and addressing some critical security issues found in previous versions.
Every December, the SysAdvent community publishes twenty-five articles, one per day until Christmas. The articles touch on a broad set of DevOps topics, ranging from low-level sysadmin tools to people and process issues. SysAdvent 2014 is now underway with twelve articles already published. Each SysAdvent acts like a yearly snapshot, making it possible to follow DevOps history over the years.
Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution on the cloud launched a lightweight cloud-optimised version of the OS called Snappy Ubuntu Core.
AWS OpsWorks, the DevOps service from Amazon can be used for managing existing EC2 instances and on-premises servers running within the data center.
Docker, Inc. announced orchestration services and enterprise hub making it more attractive for enterprises to use container technology.
CoreOS has released a prototype version of its new Rocket container runtime, an alternative to the Docker runtime, amid disagreements on the Docker process model and the path the project is taking.
Last week Boxfuse announced the availability of a new release of Flyway, its open source database migration tool. Highlight is the addition of IBM DB2 z/OS, Amazon Redshift and HP Vertica to Flyway's list of supported databases, a move that expands the coverage of the "big data and big iron space." The new release also features SQL callbacks and packaged DB drivers for ease of use.
Nassim Kammah, engineer at Etsy, explained to Velocity Conference attendants how Etsy does continuous integration for mobile apps. Etsy uses a mix of automated and manual processes, still adhering to the same principles that it applies on web development and reusing many of the same tools. Nassim also talked about how Etsy handles the unique set of challenges presented by mobile apps development.
Stephen de Vries, ContinuumSecurity founder, promoted the idea of continuous and visible security at Velocity Europe 2014. Stephen argued that the same kind of processes and tools that embedded QA in the whole workflow of an agile development process can be applied to security. BDD-Security is a security testing framework that follows the Given-When-Then approach and is built on top of JBehave.
The starting keynote at Velocity Conference Europe 2014 was all about how human error is too often the easiest way to explain away a failure and how a different approach is needed. Steven Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at Eurocontrol, explained why a Systems Thinking approach applied to safety is a better answer.