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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Patterns and Antipatterns

I’ve dealt with hundreds of production failures. Each one was unique. (They were mostly unique, anyway, since I try not to have the same failure happen twice!) I can’t think of two incidents where the precise chain of failure happened the same way: same triggers, same fracture, same propagation. Over time, however, patterns of failure do emerge. A certain brittleness along an axis, a tendency for this problem to amplify that way. These are the stability antipatterns. Chapter 4, Stability Antipatterns deals with these patterns of failure.

If there are systematic patterns of failure, you might imagine that some common solutions would apply. You would be correct. Chapter 5, Stability Patterns deals with design and ...

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