On acceptance test architecture, lifecycles and responsibilities

December 18, 2013

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I was recently in a conversation with testers about how acceptance tests should be structured.   As we revisit how Blackboard conducts test automation, we were looking at patterns and practices to employ.  I shared my following perspective on how to think about the architecture of your acceptance test infrastructure, the lifecycle of a specification, […]

2013 Six Month Check-point

July 1, 2013

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It has been far too long since I last blogged.  There have been a number of reasons, most notably work, family and golf (yeah golf!).  But too much has happened since I last blogged…so I need to get back into it. Before I go into all the fun things I have been doing, I figured […]

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Improving my Shell-fu: Oh My Zsh

March 19, 2013

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I have been recently diving head first into the wonderful world of the shell.  Having spent a fair amount of my career on Windows machines at work (even though I have been using Mac’s at home for 6+ years), it’s only in the past year that I have made the full switch to 100% Mac […]

Mastering Jenkins: Making Bulk Updates to Jobs

March 11, 2013

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I recently needed to make the same update to a large number of Jenkins jobs.  Essentially, we decided to change our naming convention for our jobs.  A simple change.  In order to achieve this, I took advantage of the Jenkins Script Console. The Jenkins Script Console allows you to run Groovy code against Jenkins to […]

DC Tech Ops Meetup Alliance (aka the Super Friends)

February 21, 2013

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On Tuesday night, my meetup group (DC Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment Group) joined forces with a number of other groups to present the most awesome gathering we have ever known.  The meeting was the brainchild of Nathen Harvey, who runs the DevOpsDC and MongoDC user groups and works for OpsCode as their Technical Community […]

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Book Review: The Phoenix Project

February 21, 2013

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I recently completed ‘The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win‘ and thought I would write a review.  I mainly wanted to capture notes and thoughts about the book for myself. The Story First off, hat’s off to the authors (Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford) for turning the […]

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Build Scripts and External Dependencies

February 15, 2013

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I recently ran across some project code that when checked out of version control, failed with an obscure warning.  After some digging around in the code, I realized the script made a reference to an external plugin library.  I had no clue where to acquire this library or setup this build.  I had to reach […]

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