Declarative Operating Systems

A new breed of operating systems adopt declarative configuration management for an interesting hybrid! OS maintenance of long-lived servers remains a challenge for our “mutable” infrastructure.

DevOps Demystified

For a term that is not even six years old, DevOps remains a mysterious pursuit for many software engineering organizations. Let me define DevOps to help you understand and chart your own journey. Hint: it is a cultural term!

Artifact Repositories

The past: desktop builds uploaded to the FTP server; the present: global artifact delivery networks. Release management and artifact repositories are they way we deliver software and infrastructure today.

Database Change Management

Database configuration management tools allow us version the database and treat it like code! We want DevOps, not mysterious, hidden, hand crafted DBA ops whenever possible. Another flashback to 1998.

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HTML Slide Show Survey

PowerPoint and other proprietary slide-ware, bah! We already have a universal, open system for communication called the web, so let’s explore web presentation applications.

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Building the LAMP stack with Phing

A flashback to 2007 with a tangible artifact in my journey to infrastructure as code: building the LAMP stack with Phing.

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Container Infrastructure Strategy

In these early years of containers, “heavy containers” represent a typical approach which resembles virtual machines, includes the operating system user land, and desires configuration management. Does this starting point represent the opposite of container promise and the journey to immutable infrastructure?

DevOps BTD Pattern for Continuous Deployment

What happens when you find the same macro and micro pattern in your automation diagram? You reinforce your goals to improve code flow and service design on the way to test driven development!

Today's DevOps Automation Diagram

#shipit and #failfast: I want to share and discuss the DevOps Automation Diagram for continuous deployment. Via open source and this blog, we can elevate the state of our software engineering and service design!

A DevOps Automation State Diagram

Wonderful accomplishments kicked-off my Infrastructure as Code project. One needs to start with a map of the world before deciding where to focus their efforts. It’s even better when you can optimize and render the new map in real-time!

Time for a new development project!

What does one do when laid off? You need to scratch that itch and address the things that are in the back of your head and occasionally keep you awake at night. Technical dreams and technical debt follow as I start my Infrastructure as Code blog.