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  • Server and Network Operations Automation at Dropbox

    Dropbox's engineering team wrote about their network and server provisioning and validation automation tool called Pirlo. Pirlo has a pluggable architecture based on a MySQL backed custom job queue implementation.

  • The Manual Regression Testing Manifesto

    Automating regression tests isn’t always the best solution, argued Brendan Connolly at the 2018 fall Online Testing Conference. He presented the “manual regression testing manifesto” and showed how it can be used to differentiate feature testing from regression testing and to decide when to automate or not automate tests.

  • DockerCon EU 2018 Summary: Migration Tooling, Docker Desktop Enterprise and More

    At DockerCon Europe 2018, core announcements included the preview of container-based migration tooling for .NET and Java applications, support for digital transformation efforts and technology integration projects, the launch of Docker Desktop Enterprise, the open sourcing of Docker Compose on Kubernetes, and the announcement of the CNAB specification in collaboration with Microsoft.

  • The Human Side of Microservices

    A microservices architecture is a game changer for team communication, not a purely technical solution. If different teams don’t have stable, direct communication channels, the software they produce will suffer. The five key properties crucial for a successful microservices implementation are zero-configuration, auto-discovery, high redundancy, self-healing, and fault tolerance.

  • Amazon Introduces CloudFormation Drift Detection

    In a recent blog post, Amazon announced CloudFormation Drift Detection which organizations can leverage to automate configuration consistency across AWS cloud resources. The CloudFormation Drift Detection feature allows organizations who have templated their configurations and deployments, known as stacks, to detect when configuration drift occurs from out-of-band changes.

  • Q&A with Katrina Clokie on Testing in DevOps for Engineers

    Wellington's DevOpsDays NZ recently closed with a keynote by Katrina Clokie on the Testing Skills and Superpower which engineers can utilise in a DevOps setting. The author of A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps spoke with InfoQ to discuss the changes she's seen in the testing landscape and how this is further impacted by the move to embrace DevOps principles.

  • An Evolution of Chaos Experimentation: Kolton Andrus at ChaosConf 2018

    At the inaugural ChaosConf, held in San Francisco, USA, Kolton Andrus presented an evolution of chaos experimentation over the past eight years. He argued that the human and organisational aspects of dealing with failure should not be ignored, and also suggested that tooling should support application- and request-level targeting of failure injection tests in order to minimise the blast radius.

  • How Continuous Delivery Impacts Testing

    With continuous delivery we need to focus on quality as we write the code. Not every team will have testers, but if there are testers then they will work closely with developers, writing code to automate the small number of tests that cannot be covered by unit tests while helping developers creating unit tests.

  • Creating a Multi-Team Test Automation Solution

    A solid test framework with automated tests can increase the confidence to release. Cross-team pairing on the framework made it possible for a team to build quality in from the start; it also brought the teams together and upskilled the testers in test automation.

  • Intelligent Automation on Pace for Explosive Growth, But Organizational Challenges Prevalent

    In a recent KPMG study, the professional services organization published a report on the growth of Intelligent Automation. The report suggests that overall spend will reach $232 billion by 2025, compared to $12.4 billion which is spent today. But, this expected growth comes with many challenges, including tool maturity, skilled labor and organizational change management.

  • Compliance in an Agile World

    Compliance is about making sure that you are doing the right thing and being able to prove it. With agile and frequent deliveries, you need to build compliance into the process of delivery. Making compliance obligation part of the thing that DevOps teams own increases the likelihood of success.

  • Netflix Announces Polly.JS HTTP Interaction Library

    Netflix recently announced the release of Polly.JS, an open source library for recording, replaying and stubbing HTTP interactions.

  • Learning to Bend But Not Break at Netflix: Haley Tucker Discusses Chaos Engineering at QCon NY

    At QCon New York, Haley Tucker presented “UNBREAKABLE: Learning to Bend But Not Break at Netflix” and discussed her experience with chaos engineering while working across a number of roles at Netflix. Key takeaways included: use functional sharding for fault isolation; continually tune RPC calls; run chaos experiments with small iterations; and apply the “principles of chaos”.

  • Microsoft Edge Now Supports W3C WebDriver Recommendation

    Microsoft Edge now supports the recently ratified W3C WebDriver recommendation, making it easier to automate unit and functional tests with Edge. WebDriver is also now an Edge Feature on Demand, providing automatic WebDriver updates for each release of Edge.

  • Chaos Engineering at LinkedIn: The “LinkedOut” Failure Injection Testing Framework

    The LinkedIn Engineering team has recently discussed their “LinkedOut” failure injection testing framework. Hypotheses about service resilience can be formulated and failure triggers injected via the LinkedIn LiX A/B testing framework or via data in a cookie that is passed through the call stack using the Invocation Context (IC) framework. Failure scenarios include errors, delays and timeouts.

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