The analysts agree, uDeploy and its competitors are “Application Release Automation” tools. We used the same term on our website. Unfortunately, “Application Release Automation” is a bad description for this class of tools.
Canonical announced today that Ubuntu is headed for smartphones, touting the full capability of a Linux PC in a gesture-based mobile version of the OS. If you think you'll use it, what kind of projects do you have in mind?
We were building an internal application for an insurance company and didn’t have any idea how difficult it was going to be to put something into production so we decided to find out on the first day of the project.
I’ve been playing around with writing some algorithms in both Ruby and Haskell and the latter wasn’t giving the correct result so I wanted to output an intermediate state of the two programs and compare them.
Controlling a LED is a great starter for any embedded project: simple and you immediately get feedback if it works.
When you run VPS servers or other “low end” boxes it is common scenario need to setup a outgoing email mail transfer agent to get reports from cron jobs or enable PHP scripts to send email.
A simple way of creating tomcat server installations in seconds.
We include a built in package repository, CodeStation, with AnthillPro, uBuild and uDeploy. They also integrate with third party repos. We place much emphasis on this capability because it is critical for safety, governance and audit.
Looking to better understand networking in VirtualBox? Oracle's Fat Bloke offers an extremely detailed primer.
JUnit is an open source framework designed by Kent Beck, Erich Gamma for the purpose of writing and running test cases for java programs. In the case of web applications JUnit is used to test the application with out server. This framework builds a relationship between development and testing process.
At the 2012 San Francisco JUC, Cloudbees' Toomas Romer and Anton Arhipov discuss continuous delivery: "Packages sent via FedEx go through a tracked, automated process that makes sure that the package arrives promptly at its destination..."
Skype is the most popular IM client with over 200 million monthly users. It’s easy and reliable: anyone can use it anywhere, even on mobile. When you are working with virtual teams, Skype group chats become vital tool of communication.
Something that I’ve noticed when trying to install various different bundles is that the installation instructions which worked flawlessly on Snow Leopard don’t seem to do the job on Mountain Lion.
For the first few years that I worked professionally* every project that I worked on was different enough to the previous ones that I was always learning something new without having to put much effort in.
I’m a big fan of system packages for lots of reasons and have often ended up rolling my own debian package repository at work, or working with others that have done so. Recently I finally got round to setting up a personal package repo, at packages.garethrushgrove.com.
Unlike many, I’m actually a good boy and do backups of my personal data (for which I can mostly thank my obsessive-compulsive side). However, up until now I’ve been remiss in my duties to also take these backups off-site.
QuickBuild is a continuous integration and deployment server featuring build definition inheritance and overriding to easily handle large number of projects.
Here are some notes regarding how to install Ubuntu 12.10 in a VirtualBox VM. It contains a set of slides since the process is well represented visually.
In this video from PyCon Argentina 2012, PostgreSQL experts help you administer the database when it's not your job: "In this DevOps world, Django programmers are increasingly being asked to manage the database as well..."
After you've spent the last year or two eliminating the single points of failure from your computational infrastructure, you realise that you're the only one who knows which cronjobs run when, and on which servers.
The most frequent conversation I had this year was with colleagues who asked for advice on their "career path". How should they stay motivated? How do they take on new or bigger responsibility? How do they earn more money?
During my Pro Camp events I often get asked about Hyper-V “Datastores,” in that VMware administrators want to know how to access them, search through the contents, and move files around.
I don’t want to flame here, but the argument that one should not position a cursor using a mouse reflects either total 1) ignorance 2) stupidy 3) lack of vision.
Our first ever ITOps sprint completed on Friday 7th December amid much fanfare and celebration (ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). The team completed a whopping grand total of 103 points. Among the highlights were:
SSH keys are useful to login over ssh (secure shell) without typing a password. Here is some basic information from a dev point-of-view on how to use SSH keys for maximum comfort and security.