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Managed Services: The No-Ops We've Been Looking For?
Nate Taggart

Nate Taggart | March 13, 2017

Managed Services: The No-Ops We've Been Looking For?
I’ve been hearing increasing chatter about an (arguably still mythical) trend towards NoOps. From my perspective, NoOps is the idealization that infrastructure can become so abstracted and automated that no dedicated Ops team is required to manage it. Previously we’ve seen NoOps scale down for services like Heroku or Digital Ocean, but now pro...
Error Handling In a Serverless World
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | March 10, 2017

Error Handling In a Serverless World
Error handling is tricky. The easiest thing you can do with an error, and some argue the best thing to do, is to let the error do its thing and take your application down with it. There is merit to this approach, especially for unhandled exceptions, because by definition the application is in an unknown state. But errors happen. When they happ...
Marital Counseling: Ops and Dev
Nate Taggart

Nate Taggart | February 24, 2017

Marital Counseling: Ops and Dev
For the sake of simplicity, let’s ignore the idea of DevOps for a minute, and, to use an analogy, talk about Development and Operations as two partners in a marriage. Like all marriages, this one started happily. Development has a special set of skills that it brings to the relationship. They are often on the front line of requests from other ...
Breaking into DevOps
Nate Taggart

Nate Taggart | February 15, 2017

Breaking into DevOps
DevOps roles are not only one of the hardest roles to fill, they’re also one of the fastest-growing roles in demand. This is good news if you’re looking to shift your career trajectory, but it also means that the definition of this role is still actively changing. So, before we dig into how to get a DevOps job, let’s focus first on what DevOps ...
Shifting Left with Security
Nate Taggart

Nate Taggart | February 13, 2017

Shifting Left with Security
There’s been a lot of talk lately on Shift Left Testing, which is undoubtedly useful as a DevOps practice. There seems to be less talk on Shift Left Security, which surprises me. Shifting Left, is a methodology of bringing historically late-stage processes earlier in the development cycle, like shifting left on a Gantt chart in an old waterfal...
Will These Cloud Service Gotchas Doom Your App?
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | January 30, 2017

Will These Cloud Service Gotchas Doom Your App?
Cloud service providers, like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, make it easy to get started provisioning resources every developer is familiar with: servers and databases. Unfortunately, it’s just as easy to start building directly on these resources when what you really need to do is step back and architect a scalable solution. And by scalable ...

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