As a developer, I'm a big fan of automation. I can't create software where I need to push buttons and run manual scripts, to test & deploy it. To help me automate my software development tasks, I use Cake, "a cross platform build automation system with a C# DSL". Working as a team, there are … Continue reading When Cake meets NDepend
The first conference that I attend since we arrived in The Netherlands was the TechDays NL 2017. The conference is sponsored by Microsoft, and it's one of the most significant tech events in the Benelux area. However, even being sponsored by Microsoft, other streams of the industry were present, showing that Microsoft is no longer … Continue reading TechDays NL 2017
Here at Coolblue, we can choose our tools from a range of technologies. A while ago, our team started moving from Microsoft MSTest to xUnit. Although the code change was fairly simple, the build pipeline was tied with the MSTest framework, ignoring the xUnit tests. Between the requests to the deployment team to alter the … Continue reading Abstract from your CI. Use Cake!
During my career, I learned on the hardest way how a poor codebase can be harmful to the business. I witness behaviours in teams such as: Missing code reviews. How can we be a team, if we do not communicate? No coding standards. At least settle the capitalisation style? Testing. Wait, spending time writing tests? Luckily, I also worked … Continue reading NDepend, first impressions on a static code analyser
Docker is one of the disruptive technologies within virtualization, allowing the different containers to run on the same machine, sharing resources, reducing the overhead. The technology allows DevOps teams to have another tool to develop, build and ship software. One use case for containers is the Microservices Architecture Pattern. Background DockerHub is the image repository … Continue reading Create and Push a Docker Image from an Octopus Deployment
AWS Lambda is one of the AWS Compute Services, alongside with Amazon EC2 or Amazon EC2 Container Service. In a nutshell, AWS Lambda is the serverless offer from AWS, allowing "you run code without provisioning or managing servers". In the DevOps spirit, and using Octopus as the Continuous Deployment tool, I couldn't find a step template to create an AWS … Continue reading Create an AWS Lambda function from an Octopus Deployment
Agile is great... and sometimes painful. Do not get me wrong, I love an Agile work environment when everyone is keen to "Try, Fail, Fix, Learn and Move On". For those ones that work in the software development space, we have more tasks than develop software. One of the tasks, usually in Operations space. In … Continue reading Changing the operations of a Software Company – Part I