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Key Takeaways from the 'Agile on the Beach' 2016 Conference: Day One

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 11, 2016

At the sixth ‘Agile on the Beach’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, several leading practitioners of agile software delivery presented the state-of-the-art and emerging trends within this domain. Key takeaways included the value of the scientific method to drive change; the use of Continuous Delivery (CD) for improving safety and speed; and the power of cognitive bias during the user testing.

Microservices Imply a Distributed System

by Ben Linders on  Sep 10, 2016

Moving towards microservices means moving towards distributed systems where you have to deal with latency, authorization and authentication, and messages that do not arrive, argues Sander Hoogendoorn. With microservices you can break down large systems into smaller components to regain control over the architecture.

Continuous Deployment at Coolblue

by Ben Linders on  Sep 01, 2016

Continuous deployment results in a higher sense of responsibility and better quality of deployments, argues Paul de Raaij, technical pathfinder at Coolblue. Coding standards prevent your code base from becoming a mess, automated inspections are great for tedious and boring checks, and manual checks are great for checking if the logic or use of code actually makes sense.

LinkedIn Test Butler Aims to Improve UI Testing on Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 19, 2016 1

Test Butler is an open-source testing tool for Android that aims to allow developers to reliably run UI tests, writes LinkedIn engineer Drew Hannay and creator of Test Butler, by allowing developers to programmatically control a number of testing environment settings.

API Mocking Tool WireMock v2 Released with Improved Request Matching and Stub Management

by Daniel Bryant on  Aug 16, 2016

WireMock v2, an API mocking and service virtualisation tool, has been released. Core enhancements include improved request verification failure reporting, the ability to create custom request matching logic (including the use of Java 8 lambdas), randomly distributed delays (currently with uniform and lognormal distributions), and matching on cookies and basic auth headers.

DevOps Survival in the Highly Regulated Financial Industry

by Manuel Pais on  Jul 31, 2016

Robert Scherrer, head of application engineering at SIX, on how the company leveraged DevOps principles and benefits in the highly regulated Swiss financial industry. Engaging with compliance auditors to collaboratively agree on solutions early before it's too costly to change and avoiding legacy internal directives (not actually required by external regulations) are the main takeaways.

The Growing Industry of DevOps Consulting

by Elton Stoneman on  Jul 22, 2016

DevOps transformation projects are increasingly appealing to established enterprises. InfoQ spoke to three businesses focused on DevOps consulting to understand how they are helping businesses make the change.

Design for Continuous Evolution: Immutable Model Is Key for Robustness

by Thomas Betts on  Jul 13, 2016

At QCon New York, Eric Brewer described how advancing from continuous delivery to fast and stable continuous evolution requires a discrete construction step to define an immutable model of the system. Brewer’s compute infrastructure design team uses Helm to construct and safely validate new deployment models, prior to attempting real deployment, although the concepts are technology agnostic.

RightScale DevOps Trends Report: Docker Adoption Rising in the Enterprise, Chef and Puppet Dominate

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jun 05, 2016

RightScale published the results of its survey report highlighting the devops trends in the industry. Docker, Puppet and Chef dominate the tools market, with Docker adoption rising in the enterprise.

Microsoft Introduces Flow for Citizen Cloud Workflow

by Kent Weare on  May 30, 2016

On April 27, 2016 Microsoft announced a new personal workflow tool called Flow. The platform is an “IFTTT like” tool that focuses on the automation of personal tasks by orchestrating work across popular SaaS based services.

Do You and Your Company Have the Skills Needed for DevOps?

by John Okoro on  Apr 29, 2016

In order to implement DevOps, individuals and organizations must prepare for the culture shift, new tools, and automation. This consensus has evolved during years of debate concerning what exactly DevOps means and how to use it. There are many voices in the discussion, and even with some areas of consensus, many points are far from agreement.

New in Android Studio 2.0: Instant Run and Cloud Test Lab

by Abel Avram on  Apr 08, 2016

Android Studio 2.0 comes with several new features and improvements: Instant Run, integration with a Google service for testing on real devices, faster emulator, faster builds, GPU profiler and debugger, support for deep linking and others.

“Monkeys in Labs Coats”: Applied Failure Testing Research at Netflix

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 27, 2016 1

At QCon London 2016 Peter Alvaro and Kolton Andrus shared lessons learned from a fruitful collaboration between academia and industry, which ultimately resulted in the creation of a novel method for automating failure injection testing at Netflix. Core learnings included: work backwards from what you know; meet in the middle; and adapt the theory to the reality.

Chaos Testing of Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 16, 2016

The world is naturally chaotic, and we should both plan for and test that our systems can handle this chaos, Rachel Reese claimed at the recent QCon London conference describing how Jet, an e-commerce company launched in July 2015, work with microservices and chaos engineering.

New Security Capabilities Available in Azure Operations Management Suite

by Kent Weare on  Mar 13, 2016

On February 25th, 2016 Microsoft announced updates to their Operations Management Suite (OMS). The updates, in this particular iteration of the service, are focused on the security and audit portions of the suite and target the user experience, additional capabilities and features.

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