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Managing Change with Immutable Servers

by Aslan Brooke on  Aug 14, 2013 3

Immutable servers provide extreme levels of control over system state, however this can require fundamental changes in the views of systems, patterns, deployments, application code, and team structure as Chad Fowler, CTO of 6wunderlist.com, writes in his recent blog post "Trash Your Servers and Burn Your Code: Immutable Infrastructure and Disposable Components".

Atlassian Bamboo 5 Connects the DevOps Dots

by Matthias Marschall on  Aug 06, 2013

Atlassian, makers of Jira and Confluence, have released version 5 of their continuous delivery tool Bamboo. Its deployment projects connect Jira Issues and code commits to deployments in various environments. It is possible, to mark a deployment as approved or broken. These features create end-to-end transparency from code to deployments supporting DevOps collaboration.

Microsoft's C# and VB Compilers Now Freely Available

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 01, 2013 3

MSBuild has been renamed to Microsoft Build Tools. This new package includes Microsoft's C# and Visual Basic compilers, making all 3 freely available and independent from Visual Studio or the .NET Framework.

Continuous Deployment Variables and Solutions

by Aslan Brooke on  Jul 14, 2013

Paul Biggar, co-founder of CircleCI, presented on "the many ways to deploy continuously" at RubyConf 2013 in April of this year. The frequency at which deployments happen qualifies the term "continuous" and directly influences the deployment problem space. The presentation aggregates solution information gathered from CircleCI's own customer base, Facebook, IMVU, Etsy, Heroku, and Google.

Mobile App Build Automation with Buildozer

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jul 05, 2013

Egeniq released Buildozer, a cloud-based build automation tool for mobile applications. Currently it supports build and distribution for iOS and Android applications. The primary goal of Buildozer is to speed up development by completely automating the build and distribution process.

Perceptual Testing for Safer Continuous Deployment

by Grischa Ekart on  Jun 20, 2013

Brett Slatkin from Google presented a method for visual regression testing at Velocity 2013 in Santa Clara. Perceptual diff compares screenshots of a release's webpages with its previous versions and detects changes at pixel level, filling an important gap in automated testing for Continuous Deployment. An open source version of the software has been setup on github.

DevOps Days Amsterdam Day 1 Focused on Continuous Delivery and DevOps Culture

by Manuel Pais on  Jun 15, 2013

The first day of DevOps Days Amsterdam had its focus split between continuous delivery and promoting a DevOps culture. Talks focused on how to automate the deployment pipeline but also system recovery in case of failure. On the culture side leveraging distinct personality types to successfully introduce changes and the positive impact of strong company culture on hiring were some of the takeaways.

Facebook Buck and xctool: Open Source Build Tools for Android and iOS

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2013

This article contains details on the recently open sourced Buck and xctool, the build tools used internally by Facebook for their native Android and iOS applications.

CloudMunch Launches a Full-Stack DevOps Platform

by Grischa Ekart on  May 13, 2013

CloudMunch launched its full-stack DevOps platform - a dashboard of pre-integrated tools for version control, build management, validation, automated testing, deployment and cloud connectors. The company claims its platform significantly simplifies deployment of applications and infrastructure.

Different Approaches for Product Backlog Grooming

by Ben Linders on  May 08, 2013 3

The purpose of backlog grooming is to keep the product backlog up to date and clean. Different approaches are used by product owners and teams to do this.

Jenkins CI Server Plugin Drives SOASTA CloudTest Server

by Aslan Brooke on  Apr 27, 2013

Earlier this month, SOASTA and CloudBees released a plugin for the Jenkins continuous integration (or CI) server to run automated tests on real physical mobile devices. SOASTA released this plugin with optimizations that were developed by the creator of Jenkins, Kohsuke Kawaguchi. The plugin provides build steps for performing operations and testing mobile devices.

Behind the 2012 VersionOne State of Agile Survey

by Craig Smith on  Apr 27, 2013 1

VersionOne recently released the results of their State of Agile Development Survey for 2012, and once again it proved to be an interesting indicator of Agile adoption and trends.

Two More DevOps Tool Vendors Acquired

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 22, 2013

The excitement over DevOps is continuing to increase in major corporations. Today it was announced that two DevOps tool vendors were acquired. UrbanCode was picked up by IBM while Nolio went to CA Technologies.

Continuous Delivery Speeds Up Innovation

by Aslan Brooke on  Apr 13, 2013 2

Thoughtworks recently published a whitepaper including a maturity model for continuous delivery (or CD) as a response to research indicating that most companies understand the importance of innovation, but are not able to deliver software quickly enough to meet the needs of business leaders.

Product Backlogs with Process Maps or Story Maps

by Ben Linders on  Apr 11, 2013

When you have a large backlog with many user stories, structuring a product backlog with story maps or process maps can help to keep an overview and see the bigger picture.

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