DevOps for NZ.

We have huge opportunities for software in NZ. As it turns out, smaller teams of T-shaped people can do amazing things. Isn't that our national identity? People emigrating for a better life, applying skills and hard work? Can we get better at delivering software and outstrip agriculture in GDP?

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DevOps vs. SCM by Julian Simpson

There might be a team of people in your company.  They could be responsible for:

  • Storing built versions of your code in a repository
  • Ensuring that you can reproduce each one of those builds
  • Tracking changes in the projects
  • Baselining and ...

Last year my employers engaged a firm to do a non-core (and frankly, annoying) IT project.  We reasoned that their experience in their domain would mean that they'd have a better chance of success.

It turned out that their business was built around software from a third party suppli...

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Upcoming conferences that I won't be at, April 2015 by {"login"=>"simpsonjulian", "email"=>"simpsonjulian@gmail.com", "display_name"=>"builddoctor", "first_name"=>"Julian", "last_name"=>"Simpson"}

I wanted to share the details of a few conferences.  I won't be there, because I enjoy a life that's mostly free of jetlag and commuting.

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The 80/20 rule in Cloud Development by {"login"=>"simpsonjulian", "email"=>"simpsonjulian@gmail.com", "display_name"=>"builddoctor", "first_name"=>"Julian", "last_name"=>"Simpson"}

Guest Post by Brian Whipple, Marketing & Communications Manager at Cycligent.com.

There is a commonly known rule in business called the ...

I’ve been making dashboards for some stats we track at work.  I don’t want to trust another organisation with our data; too many dragons.

So that leaves an OSS framework.  I’m using Dashing right now to hit API’s for Google Analytics, Pingdom, e...

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linux.conf.au in Auckland by {"login"=>"simpsonjulian", "email"=>"simpsonjulian@gmail.com", "display_name"=>"builddoctor", "first_name"=>"Julian", "last_name"=>"Simpson"}

Happy New Year.

I'm speaking about Graphs and Neo4j at linux.conf.au next Friday.  Don't think I'm the star attraction though, I think that's Linus.

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Toxic Repo by {"login"=>"simpsonjulian", "email"=>"simpsonjulian@gmail.com", "display_name"=>"builddoctor", "first_name"=>"Julian", "last_name"=>"Simpson"}

If you can’t dispose of toxic waste (say, by burning it or launching it int...

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Upcoming Auckland Neo4j Events by {"login"=>"simpsonjulian", "email"=>"simpsonjulian@gmail.com", "display_name"=>"builddoctor", "first_name"=>"Julian", "last_name"=>"Simpson"}

So, I return to New Zealand. Spend most of a year hiding in a cabin and then fail to organise any events. And now they’ve all come at once:

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Happy 2014 by {"login"=>"simpsonjulian", "email"=>"simpsonjulian@gmail.com", "display_name"=>"builddoctor", "first_name"=>"Julian", "last_name"=>"Simpson"}

2013 was busy.  It's hard to work remotely with people who are literally on the other side of the planet.  Remote helps explain why: there's no overlap, apart from what overlap I make myself.

To make things more busy, we ended up buying a new B...

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News, August 12 by {"login"=>"simpsonjulian", "email"=>"simpsonjulian@gmail.com", "display_name"=>"builddoctor", "first_name"=>"Julian", "last_name"=>"Simpson"}
  • Resharper 8 is out, making Visual Studio usable [link]
  • Also YouTrack 5, I've never had the pleasure of that particular issue manager [link...

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