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The Human Cost of Tech Debt

If you’re not already familiar with the concept of technical debt, it’s worth becoming familiar with it.  I say this not only because it is a common industry term, but because it is an important concept. Coined by Ward Cunningham, the term introduces the idea that taking shortcuts in your software...
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Agile Programming: The Last Mile for DevOps

As DevOps has come into its own, IT automation companies such as Chef have made automating and managing release pipelines simpler. At ChefConf 2016, Chef announced new tools which include Chef Automate, which pulls together all of Chef’s IT automation tools in one package. How DevOps teams...
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How to Manage Binary Blobs with Git

In the previous six articles in this series we learned how to manage version control on text files with Git. But what about binary files? Git has extensions for handling binary blobs such as multimedia files, so today we will learn how to manage binary assets with Git. One thing everyone seems to...
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Agile 2016: How to Measure your DevOps Initiatives

You’ve heard the benefits of DevOps, and you’ve decided to move your teams to this way of working. But how do you know if you are doing it right? Metrics are key indicators for businesses to figure out whether or not they are making the right decisions, but often they aren’t choosing the right...
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Software Security: Does Quality Provide a Blueprint for Change?

Software security has been in the news a lot lately, between various high profile social media hacks to massive data breaches it feels like people in the industry are always talking about security, or more appropriately, the lack thereof. While having a conversation with somebody from my company’s...
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Developing a Regression Testing Strategy

Teams working in agile test each new function during the release cycle, maybe do some light poking the day before shipping, and then give the thumbs up. Alternately, they just do nothing and software still ships. There is a better way to approach this problem; develop a regression testing strategy...
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Ross Gardler
Ross Gardler, president of the Apache Software Foundation, speaking at ApacheCon North America.

Growth in Communities Drives Success, Says ASF’s Ross Gardler

Great news! It’s totally working. The very concept behind the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) -- a group of disparate yet dedicated people building software for the public good -- has proven successful and fruitful for the 21st year in a row. The indomitable community spirit dedicated to openness...
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The Small Batches Principle

Reducing waste, encouraging experimentation, and making everyone happy Q: What do DevOps people mean when they talk about small batches? A: To answer that, let's take a look at an unpublished chapter from the upcoming book The Practice of System and Network Administration, third edition, due out in...
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Microsoft Says It’s in Love With Linux. Now It’s Finally Proving It

Today, the company released .NET Core 1.0, a version of its popular software development platform that will run not just on its own Windows operating systems, but on the Linux and Mac OS X operating systems as well. What’s more, .NET Core is open source, meaning that any developer can not only use...
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Codenvy, Microsoft and Red Hat Collaborate on a Protocol for Sharing Programming Language Guidance

Codenvy, Microsoft and Red Hat have banded together to bring a more consistent developer experience across different code editors, by way of a new protocol that would allow any editing tool to check user’s code against a set of rules and best practices formed for each language. For the keepers of...
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