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Describing Continuous Delivery (Without Using the Term)

06.04.2012
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From Tom DeMarco’s article Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone? [PDF]:

You say to your team leads, “I have a finish date in mind, and I’m not even going to share it with you. When I come in one day and tell you the project will end in one week, you have to be ready to package up and deliver what you’ve got as the final product. Your job is to go about the project incrementally, adding pieces to the whole in the order of their relative value, and doing integration and documentation and acceptance testing incrementally as you go.”


DeMarco isn’t recommending specific methodologies like Agile, but this is a pretty good business oriented description of Continuous Delivery without continuous (production) deployment.

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Fahmeed Nawaz replied on Tue, 2012/06/12 - 11:11am

WriteConcern.SAFE does not wait for data to be flushed on disk, you must use WriteConcern.FSYNC_SAFE for that.
FSYNC_SAFE creates a WriteConcern using WriteConcern( 1, 0, true) which is what you are looking for.
Note that if you use fsync on all writes, and you app is write intensive, it will affect the performance quite a bit.
If so you may want to also look into using journaling on the server.

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