Get rid of that UAT environment

The infamous User Acceptance Testing (UAT) environment. Enterprises love it. The theory is DEV environments help developers catch integration issues, QA environments help catch quality issues, and UAT environments help catch usability issues. Business stakeholders are meant to review newly...

Using custom events in app insights

At first glance, many folks don’t realize the leverage in using an Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tool like Application Insights. Yes, you can funnel logs to it so that you can search on them later. Yes, it will give you...

What if we deployed to production daily

Deploying to production quickly used to mean that some developer would have access to the production servers and deploy straight from their computer. Often, this was associated with the “cowboy” way of doing things. So, understandably, some companies created and...

GitOps

There’s an exciting practice growing with the world of Kubernetes and containerization. It’s GitOps. If you don’t know much about it, read on! Background While microservices are cool and automation is also cool, it does introduce new challenges. For example,...

When automation is not worth it

Have you felt excited about the possibilities and coolness of solving a problem through automation? I have. I also use that moment as a checkpoint to ask myself:

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