August, 2012


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Aug 12

Stop the Presses!

In episode 4, we discuss what to do when “mistakes may have been made,” and it’s time to be solution-oriented! Whether it’s a deployment that replaced good code with bad, an infrastructure problem discovered after a maintenance window, or even a bug in the deployment process itself, join us as we look at:

Stop the Presses: The Ins & Outs of Rollbacks

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, and Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, as we discuss the above, plus review the last couple of weeks in News & Views and look at yet more tools to help you ship in Tool Tips.

Or, download Episode 4, or any of our previous shows!

Show Links/Notes

Tool Tips

Vagrant

Vagrant is a tool focused on leveraging virtualization to make bringing up, configuring, managing, and tearing down environments for local developer usage and testing as simple as one command. As their front page says, they want to make “well, it works on my machine!” a relic of the past, something we whole-heartedly support here at The Ship Show!

As Seth says “If you’re not using Vagrant right now, the first thing you should go out and do is go to vagrantup.com.”

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10
Aug 12

Now With 1000% More Subscribability

As we mentioned in our last episode, one of the most commonly asked questions we’ve gotten is “How can I subscribe to your newsletter podcast?” We’ve definitely heard you and getting that set up has been at the top of our list!

We’re happy to announce that we finally have the various feeds up and ready to go!

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The interest, excitement, and support for a podcast dealing solely with issues facing build, release, and devops engineers has been tremendous, and we’re excited about upcoming episodes.

We hope you are too, and we hope the site changes we’ve made make it more discoverable and easier to join us every couple of weeks!

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Aug 12

Hire the Best

In episode 3, we take a look at the process around hiring DevOps and release engineers, including reviewing resumes, interview structure, questions to ask, and red and yellow flags. The tech job market has been hot for a few months now, and the hiring of engineers in support roles—QA, IT, and (yes!) release engineering/DevOps—is starting to feel the heat; join us as we try to figure out:

How To Hire the Absolute Best Release & DevOps Engineers

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, and Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, as we discuss the above, plus review the last couple of weeks in News & Views and look at new tools to help you ship in Tool Tips.

Or, download Episode 3, or any of our previous shows!

Show Links/Notes

Tool Tips

Ack!
An open-source grep replacement targeted towards software development and searching source trees for information in specific file types, while ignoring editor backups, core dumps, and binaries; offers full Perl-regular expression syntax for searching.

Grab ack at betterthangrep.com (and be sure to check out the --thpppt option!)

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