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Building (and re-building … and re-building) test and development environments can be time-consuming and painful. These environments are subject to rapid change, usually have limited management and are on the critical path for getting your code from idea to product. Naturally they frequently break. And when they break they stop developers and testers doing their jobs and consume lots of SysAdmin time fixing them. Time better spent at the pub.
All is not lost though. I’m going to show you a new way to build and manage these environments using two open source tools:
You’ll learn how to:
I’ll also discuss how all of this fits into a continuous deployment methodology and introduce some simple workflows that will allow you to ensure your development, testing and production deployment environments remain consistent and coherent.
James Turnbull is the author of seven technical books about open source software and a long-time member of the open source community. James authored the The Logstash Book and The Docker Book. He also wrote two books about Puppet (Pro Puppet and the earlier book about Puppet as well as Pro Linux System Administration, Pro Nagios 2.0, and Hardening Linux.
For a real job, James is VP of Engineering at Kickstarter and an Advisor at Docker. He likes food, wine, books, photography and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach and holding hands.
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