What’s in a Version?

Episode 14 gives some love to an often-discussed, yet seemingly under-appreciated topic: versioning! We discuss versioning and build numbers, whether these things are different “in the cloud” and for web-based services, and tackle the “customers don’t care about version numbers”-mantra. Stop by the bikeshed for a look at:

What’s in a Version?

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, and Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d for the discussion, plus the last couple of weeks in News & Views and the return of #DevOpsDearAbby!

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DevOps Dear Abby

Dave Thomas asks via email:

I’ve done maybe 30-40% of my career as a linux admin and 55+% as a developer and the rest in management etc.

But it’s become kind of a sore subject for me. I’ve been doing devops activities for years before the term was coined and was constantly getting caught in the middle of the two warring factions. From the beginning, I was completely dissatisfied with the available tools out there so I struck out to built a toolset of my own.

So I put my resume out there and though everyone thought the project was cool, I discovered I had some huge hurdles that make me doubt whether a career in devops was realistic.

[E]ven if I were to work for cheap or with an employer with deep
pockets … my sysadmin skills are not as current. Also writing apps I’m excellent in Java but my Python, Ruby, and Perl skills are getting rustier and rustier and I doubt I could even pass a coding interview.

Is my career as a devops tools developer over? Help!

@solarce asks “What #devops thing (conference, book, tool) are you most excited to attend/use/read in 2013?”

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What does “versioning” mean to you and your organization? When you hear “build number,” what does that mean to you? What’s the worst versioning scheme you’ve ever seen? What are we in a “post-version number world?”

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