I make a lot of jokes at work about code review karma. Here's the idea: each time a person volunteers to review others' code, that person build their code review karma.
As IT systems become an important competitive element in many industries, technology assets are influencing more and more parts of any organization.
Eric Minick from urbancode supplies a slideshare on managing build time dependencies.
In our Fabric code we make use of Boto to connect to the EC2 API and pull back various bits of information and the first time anyone tries to use it they end up with the following stack trace.
As I write this, I’m sitting in a half-empty office in London. It’s half empty, you see, because it’s snowing outside, and when it snows in London, chaos ensues.
Earlier in the week, I presented a webinar on managing build time dependencies which is now available as a recording.
I have a client who is very firm on the idea that the user should know what went wrong when exceptions are thrown.
Etsy Labs' fantastic Code as Craft series explores Etsy's strategies for moving fast at scale.
Some of the ugliest things that happen to code don’t have anything to do with technical debt. They’re the result of conscious and well-intentioned design changes.
I’ve just published the first version (consider it a beta) of my logging library to the official nuget server(s).
You’ve probably heard of Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford before. They are the three amigos responsible for The Visible Ops Handbook, which can be found in the book pile of every good IT operator.
We wanted to tail one of the log files simultaneously on 12 servers this afternoon to try and see if a particular event was being logged and rather than opening 12 SSH sessions decided to get Fabric to help us out.
We had our scrum of scrum meetings last Wednesday where all scrum masters meet up with our line manager to discuss issues, bottlenecks and success stories of our previous sprint.
"Here's a five minute video demonstrating how some fun features of my Maven VirtualBox plugin, such as creating a box from some configuration, provisioning it and running integration tests against it."
A Garbage Collection analysis of a PCGen - a large Java swing desktop application that supports character generation for role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons.
London Stansted Airport, early afternoon – a huge crowd at the railway station. No trains – only people, and a lot of confusion and anger.
Today I updated mac ports and a new error started to show up at the command line saying that the __git_ps1 command is not found.
You're using Postgres.app on a Mac for local development but are getting SQL errors from your application. You're seeing an error message.
We now have the logs coming from CloudFront, Web/App and Search tier to the centralized log storage in Amazon S3. In this final post of this series, let's now see what are the options at storage level from cost point of view and what to do with mountains of logs.
Most software need saving data. Sometimes that data is predicted to be small and hundreds or thousands of transactions on it will not be needed at the same time.
I was at the Web Directions South conference the other day and you know what really struck me? There is a lot of very cool, very connected stuff either here now or coming very soon. Hackable stuff!
I’ve been wondering for a few years now, why it’s so hard to get companies to prioritize the work that I feel is important. I mean, I’m telling you how to do it and you aren’t listening - don’t you want to build quality software?
When I started following along the devops movement often times the phrase “delivering value” would appear in conversation. That made me ponder even harder on a question that had haunted me for quite a while already: who, as an ops person, am I delivering value to?
Kris Buytaert gives us an in-depth rundown of forthcoming DevOps events around the world.
If you managed to read my last blog you'll remember that I demonstrated a simple script for creating a new tomcat installation on a server by splitting the tomcat binaries from the conf files, storing the binaries on a FTP server and the conf files in version control, with a script recombining the two parts.