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Mitch Pronschinske12/20/11
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Config Managment Maturity Levels

Config management is a big deal for any IT organization that intends to scale up its operations, and it's certainly getting more attention and broader application with the DevOps movement.  I found an interesting CM crossroads blog by Joe Farah that tries to...

Giorgio Sironi12/19/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Replace Error Code with Exception

Error codes are mostly a relic of procedural programming: the object-oriented paradigm has introduced exceptions as a first-class mechanism to separate error handling from. This refactoring targets special error values returned by methods and transform them...

Patrick Debois12/19/11
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Puppet unit testing like a pro

A big thanks to Atlassian for allowing me to post this series!! In our previous blogpost on Puppet Versioning, we described the most basic check to see if a puppet manifest was valid. We used the parseonly function to see if it would compile.

Michael Mainguy12/19/11
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Stop Branching! Agile is Soccer, Not American Football

One trend I've noticed with git users is a habit to create a lot of branch and merge activity. The oft-repeated mantra is "branching is (easy/cheap/safe) in git so I do it a lot". When working on an agile project though, this behavior can cause...

Prabath Siriwardena12/16/11
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The 1st Kolamba DZone Community Meetup

Be sure to check out the DZone Blog for pictures of our meetup last week at the HQ in Cary, NC!We successfully completed the first Kolamba DZone meetup with 5O+ attendees from WSO2, University of Moratuwa, University of Colombo, Informatics and IFS. We...

Cody Powell12/16/11
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Who's Afraid of Continuous Deployment?

Continuous deployment sounds terrifying. It means that with each commit you make to your version control, your code is pulled down, all tests are run, and, if everything passes, that code is then pushed to production. Let me repeat: that happens with...

Patrick Debois12/16/11
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BDD with Vagrant - Take 2

A big thanks to Atlassian for allowing me to post this series!! Running tests from within the VM After I covered Puppet Unit Testing, the logical step is writing about Behavioral testing.

Kris Buytaert12/15/11
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LISA 2011 Conference Review

Last week I was in Boston for my 1st and their 25th Edition of the Large Infrastructure System Administration Conferences Lisa was pretty much all I expected from it. Old Unix wizards with long hair and white beards, the usual suspects, and a mix of...

Giorgio Sironi12/15/11
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jQuery plugins with jsTestDriver

In this article we're going to develop an example of jQuery plugin with the aid of jsTestDriver, a little framework for writing automated tests.jQuery pluginsPlugins in jQuery are simply functions added to jQuery.fn, which is the prototype of the objects...

Mitch Pronschinske12/15/11
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Don't Be a Robot, Be Iron Man

Luke Kanies, the founder of Puppet and Puppet Labs brings up a good point in his most recent video presentation.  IT folks need to adapt or risk being...

Mitch Pronschinske12/14/11
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How Cucumber + Puppet Should be Used

Prompted by Patrick Dubois' recent blog post on Puppet unit testing, Nikolay Sturm followed up with a blog related to the cucumber-puppet on discussion that ensued.  He's got an example project up on GitHub for your viewing pleasure.  Here's three points on...

Giorgio Sironi12/14/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Encapsulate Downcast (and Wrapping)

In statically typed languages, each variable must have a minimal type known at compile time. PHP instead, a is dynamic language where variable can contain any object, and the only enforcement of an interface can be performed on method parameters via type...

Jim Bird12/14/11
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Diminishing Returns in software development and maintenance

Everyone knows from reading The Mythical Man Month that as you add more people to a software development project you will see diminishing marginal returns.

Dror Helper12/12/11
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TDD vs. BDD: or why can’t we all just get along?

I was listening to another good Hanselminuets podcast - Understanding BDD and NSpec with Matt Florence and Amir Rajan. As always it was a good and informative show. Towards the end of the show one of the interviewees (I think it was Amir) explained why BDD...

Giorgio Sironi12/12/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Replace Constructor with Factory Method

In the scenario of today, we have a complex constructor: read this definition as anything that does more work than assigning parameters to fields.The solution proposed by this refactoring is replacing direct calls to the constructor with a bit of indirection:...