Setting up a test database on a ruby on rails continuous integration server using SQL instead of schema.rb

For developing our Ruby on Rails based web site, we usually take regular SQL dumps from our production servers (of course, anonymizing sensitive customer data along the way). Always having a fresh dump allows us to be on the safe side when writing database migrations. Having an up to date development database enables us to … Continue reading Setting up a test database on a ruby on rails continuous integration server using SQL instead of schema.rb

Four Short Links: 30 April 2009

Why do programmers code, priorities, how to assess a programmers competency and continuos integration cage fight - some food for thought... Programmers Don't Like to Code (Jonathan 'Wolf' Rentzsch) - A very insightful article about why programmers keep re-writing code: To understand, and, after understanding, to simplify. Mud Rooms, Red Letters, and Real Priorities (Merlin … Continue reading Four Short Links: 30 April 2009

System Configurations + Code Revisions = Continuous Integration FTW!

This is a guest post by Patrick Debois, the author of JEDI: Just Enough Developed Infrastructure. I stumbled across Patrick early last year while searching desperately for some relevant topics on "agile operations". One amusing, yet poignant, hit was the lost use cases of Operations. Agile Web Operations didn't even exist at the time, but … Continue reading System Configurations + Code Revisions = Continuous Integration FTW!