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Refactoring Databases: Evolutionary Database Design by Pramod J. Sadalage, Scott W. Ambler

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Chapter 4Deploying into Production

If we do not change direction soon we will end up where we are going.

—Dr. Irwin Corey

It is not enough just to refactor your database schemas within your development and integration sandboxes. You must also deploy the changes into production. The way that you do so must reflect your organization’s existing deployment process—you may need to improve this existing process to reflect the evolutionary approach described in this book. You will likely discover that your organization already has experience at deploying database changes, but because schema changes are often feared in many environments, you will also discover that your experiences have not been all that good. Time to change that.

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