A couple of months ago, Opscode came out with a bunch of announcements, one of them being that they are going to support the Open Source Chef in addition to their own platform. I'd love to see more companies do this formally.
I’m going to take a look at Spring’s MVC Test Framework and apply it to some of my existing sample code to figure out whether or not it does what it says on the tin.
In this conversation from JavaOne India, Xebia's Adriaan de Jonge tackles what could be an unexpected obstacle to continuous delivery: bloated WAR files. Plus, he explores continuous delivery in relation to the Hindi concept of Jugaad -- nimble, creative fixing.
In our current system we judge experience based on number of years. Is number of years the best criteria for judging a person’s experience?
I won't lie, I'm a bit of a Gene Kim fanboy. David Nalley suggested, actually sort of insisted, that I read The Phoenix Project almost immediately after it came out. This turned out to be a Good Thing™.
In the last post I talked about our need for some improved testing tools, our choice of Spock as something to spike, and how mocking looks in Spock. As that blog got rather long, I saved the next installment for a separate post. Today I want to look at stubbing.
Preparing an application for production means preparing good error logging. I’m going to show you how to extend your Express.js with proper logs.
So we were asked recently “What’s your experience with A/B testing on iOS?” After quashing our instinctive retort of “Hah! They’ll be ice skating in hell the day there’s enough time and budget to ship ONE version of anything properly..."
We're constantly fighting a battle when developing the new MongoDB Java driver between using tools that will do heavy lifting for us and minimising the dependencies a user has to download in order to use our driver. Ideally, we want the number of dependencies to be zero.
It's official: I hate them. Don't get me wrong, I understand their use and the reasons why potential employers give them out. But the ones where the challenge is to implement some algorithmic doodad or other?
Survivorship Bias: "The logical error of concentrating on the people or things that “survived” some process and inadvertently overlooking those that didn’t because of their lack of visibility."
A key advantage of AWS is that it is dynamic and can be scaled according to need. That advantage, however, can cause security nightmares. With that in mind, here are 5 easy tips to insure that you keep up your end of the bargain.
In this concise six-minute talk form Datadog, Mike Fielder explores versioning with Chef -- and how to escape "Chef dependency hell."
For years now, I’ve almost always had a server running at home. First it was an old desktop computer and then it was a QNAP NAS. The problem with the QNAP is that it is not fast at all and not as flexible as I would like it to be.
A little while back I wrote about "hacking yourself first" and detailed a bunch of different ways for developers to seek out risks in their own apps, hopefully before attackers find them first. I’m extremely enthusiastic about this approach and believe that developers need to hone cyber-offence skills...
This linksheet explores some of the finest software architectures in recent times, including Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, and many more.
I'm working with a variety of tools and services to keep up with my daily research, curation, analysis and ultimately publishing of stories from the world of APIs. Over the last six months I've migrated to an approach I've called Hacker Storytelling.
This time, I’ve just completed the chapter on Prolog. The previous chapter, which I found reasonably painful as well (but for different reasons) was Io.
As a consultant, I find myself in different environments in need of different configurations. One such configuration is about the Maven settings file.
Most notable features added since the release start of the previous 3.4 branch in May 2011 are the concept of grouping and managing test-suites in projects, Daemon communication now secured via SSL...
A few days ago, I was faced by the options to choose whether our API design should compromise its universality by changing the response in a non-standard format or stick with the original design.
With the latest version of the Open Source Workflow Engine, the project published a stable and scalable framework for the Java Enterprise architecture.
One of the best parts of spinning up a new programming team is setting the processes up from scratch. That means fixing your past failures and, more importantly, playing with the shiny new toys.
Last week, we presented uDeploy to the Global Rational Users Group. Members of the user group community can watch the replay...
Last month I gave an 5 minute Ignite talk at #devopsdays Amsterdam. To summarize, it was a rant against people that think that the end of a sprint their work is done, an idea they might have gotten from a broken definition of "done."