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Release It!, 2nd Edition by Michael T. Nygard

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Development Is Production

Quick, think of a “dev server.” What comes to mind? Probably a barely running mess full of old temp files, tarballs named after people, scripts that aren’t in version control and nobody’s quite sure if they’re still used, SSH keys from developers who left years ago...in short, a big ramshackle mess.

Okay, now think about your QA environment. Does it fully work? Does it really? Or are there a bunch of integrations stubbed out? Maybe there are jobs that run in production that can’t run in QA. Probably the database isn’t very realistic, because the production data has PII that can’t be copied around. Do you have high confidence that passing tests in QA means the software will work in production?

Maybe you’re in the ...

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