Picking the Right Branch-Merge Strategy

To succeed with distributed rapid development, a branch-merge strategy is key. A good strategy facilitates processes among multiple developers or teams and is the basis for any well-functioning DevOps pipeline that uses continuous integration (CI). While there are many ways to implement CI and DevOps without a branch-merge strategy, most mature organizations use them to […]

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Using Different Virtualization Tools to Create Disposable Environments

     Virtualization is a key component to building, testing and deploying software. In my experience, customers often struggle to test their application when their production and non-production systems vary. Customers also tend to spend too much time building test environments to match their production.      In the past, developers would use VirtualBox to […]

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2017 Q1 SecureCI™ Release
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I know what you’re thinking…what happened to the 2016 release? Well, 2016 was an interesting year, and unfortunately we weren’t able to get out a mid-year release, and our Q4 release got pushed to Q1 of this year. But, finally, an updated version of SecureCI™ is here! So, what can you expect from this release? Upgrades First and […]

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Hotfixes within DevOps Pipelines

I recently wrote several blog posts about setting up a DevOps pipeline, and it was working great for our code. However, recently, I ran into an issue. My perfectly written and tested code somehow introduced a bug into our production environment! Luckily, we caught this issue quickly, and it was a relatively easy fix. So, I fixed the code, […]

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Jenkins Workflow for Jenkins

Inevitably on any agile project with a good degree of DevOps maturity, engineers start looking less at the application efficiencies and begin to look at addressing issues with their pipelines and frameworks to deliver faster or more effectively. At Coveros, we call this “DevOps’ing your DevOps.” It is a silly sentence but it speaks to the challenge […]

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DevOps in a Regulated and Embedded Environment: Git Flow in a Regulated World

Welcome to the second post in my series, “DevOps in a Regulated and Embedded Environment”. In this part, we’ll take a look at how a normal git workflow needs to adapt in a regulatory environment, and how tooling can support the necessary changes. Namely, regulation may stop the development team from releasing a planned feature, […]

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Infrastructure As Code: Managing Your Chef Code

Managing your code in Chef is just as important as managing your application’s source code. Improper management of your cookbooks will almost guarantee mistakes, frustration and even failure. For the sake of this post, I will assume that you will be able to use git as your SCM. So first, we will set up an […]

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SourceTree is Awesome!

SourceTree is Awesome! SourceTree is a completely free Git client that is supported by Windows as well as the Mac platform. It features an appealing visual interface between users and Git which can be seen in the below image. I have been using it for about a month now and I have fallen in love with […]

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Branch pattern for importing complicated codebases from Subversion to Git

  I’m currently working on a project where we are migrating from SVN to Git. There are a bunch of large applications with fairly complicated build processes that are going to have to be adjusted as we transition from SVN to Git. Because of this, I cannot easily just “import code and throw the switch” […]

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