Posts in this category
- Automating Deployments: A New Year and a Plan
- Automating Deployments: Why bother?
- Automating Deployments: Simplistic Deployment with Git and Bash
- Automating Deployments: Building Debian Packages
- Automating Deployments: Debian Packaging for an Example Project
- Automating Deployments: Distributing Debian Packages with Aptly
- Automating Deployments: Installing Packages
- Automating Deployments: 3+ Environments
- Architecture of a Deployment System
- Introducing Go Continuous Delivery
- Technology for automating deployments: the agony of choice
- Automating Deployments: New Website, Community
- Continuous Delivery for Libraries?
- Managing State in a Continuous Delivery Pipeline
- Automating Deployments: Building in the Pipeline
- Automating Deployments: Version Recycling Considered Harmful
- Automating Deployments: Stage 2: Uploading
- Automating Deployments: Installation in the Pipeline
- Automating Deployments: Pipeline Templates in GoCD
- Automatically Deploying Specific Versions
- Story Time: Rollbacks Saved the Day
- Automated Deployments: Unit Testing
- Automating Deployments: Smoke Testing and Rolling Upgrades
- Automating Deployments and Configuration Management
- Ansible: A Primer
- Continuous Delivery and Security
- Continuous Delivery on your Laptop
Sun, 03 Jan 2016
Automating Deployments: A New Year and a Plan
I work as a software engineer and architect, and in the last year or so I also built automated deployment pipelines for our software. While I found it hard to get started, the end result and even the process of building them were immensely satisfying, and I learned a lot.
The memories of not knowing how to do things are fresh enough in my mind that I feel qualified to teach them to others. And I've been wanting to write a tech book for ages. So yes, here it comes.
For 2016 I am planning to write an ebook on automating deployments. It's going to be a practical guide, mostly using technologies I'm already familiar with, and also pointing out alternative technologies. And there will be enough theory to justify putting in the effort of learning about and implementing automated (and possibly continuous) deployments, and to justify the overall architecture.
I will be blogging about the topics that I want to be in the book, and later distill them into book chapters.
Here is a very rough outline of topics that I want to include, subject to future change:
- Motivations for automating deployments
- Requirements for automated/continuous deployments
- Teaser: Using only git and bash as the simplest thing that could possibly work
- Discussion of the previous example, and anatomy of a more complex deployment system
- The build stage: Building Debian packages
- Distributing Debian packages (with aptly)
- Deployment to a staging environment with Ansible
- Automated integration testing
- Propagation to a production environment
- Stitching it all together with Go CD
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