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Building (and re-building … and re-building) test and development environments can be time-consuming and painful. These environments are subject to rapid change, usually have limited management and are on the critical path for getting your code from idea to product. Naturally they frequently break. And when they break they stop developers and testers doing their jobs and consume lots of SysAdmin time fixing them. Time better spent at the pub.
All is not lost though. I’m going to show you a new way to build and manage these environments using two open source tools:
You’ll learn how to:
I’ll also discuss how all of this fits into a continuous deployment methodology and introduce some simple workflows that will allow you to ensure your development, testing and production deployment environments remain consistent and coherent.
James Turnbull is a long-time member of the open source community and the author of seven technical books about open source software: The Logstash Book, The Docker Book, Pro Puppet, Pulling Strings with Puppet, Pro Linux System Administration, Pro Nagios 2.0, and Hardening Linux. For a real job, James is CTO at Kickstarter and an advisor at Docker. He likes food, wine, books, photography, and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach and holding hands.
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