Top PHP Blogs and YouTube Channels

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One of the most exciting programming languages at the moment is PHP, or Hypertext Preprocessor. The server-side language currently powers more than 80% of the web. It has garnered plenty of attention from skilled coders as its ecosystem is constantly changing and evolving. The Internet is full of PHP blogs for both beginners and more advanced coders looking to develop …

The Quick Guide to Ruby Tools and Extensions

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Developers already know of Ruby as one of the most popular and beloved programming languages in the world. And while it’s not the hot new language anymore, it continues to power well-known applications like Twitch, SoundCloud, and Hulu, as well as the project-management tool Basecamp, open-source repository GitHub, and the hospitality marketplace Airbnb. At its core, Ruby’s value is that …

18 PHP Tools for Developers of all Levels

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PHP is a fast scripting language that is ubiquitous with web development. WordPress uses the language as it’s core interface for developers to enhance the platform. It’s relatively easy to learn and is well supported by the development community. While PHP helps developers create web applications quickly, there is no development environment associated with the language. By contrast, a development …

Pros and Cons of Java and Python

Java vs. Python: Coding Battle Royale

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While we all started to learn how to code with HTML, developing a sophisticated app requires a more advanced language. Java and Python are two of the hottest programming languages in the market right now because of their versatility, efficiency, and automation capabilities. Both languages have their merits and their flaws, but the main difference is that Java is statically …

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6 Common Challenges Slowing Down Continuous Delivery

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In recent years Continuous Delivery (CD) has become the standard choice for DevOps teams looking to develop and deploy high quality code. However as teams grow larger and take on more ambitious tasks, the implementation of CD—the actual delivery in Continuous Delivery—can be a challenge. Delays happen for a number reasons, and DevOps teams are consistently battling to keep projects …

Improve your CI/CD Pipeline with Kubernetes

How Kubernetes Can Improve Your CI/CD Pipeline

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The coding process is like an amusement park– it involves a number of variables and safety considerations to ensure the quality of each ride. There’s a lot that can go wrong if the nuts and bolts of the process aren’t planned well in advance. Whether you’re building a web application or a roller coaster, the key to satisfying customers is …

Feedback Loops

Continuous Testing Requires Faster Feedback Loops

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For Agile and DevOps teams trying to move the needle of progress, CI/CD has become the gold standard. High-performing teams are “shifting left” by automating more and more steps of the software development lifecycle. CI/CD helps teams deliver more value to customers faster by removing manual processes and minimizing human error. However, Agile and DevOps teams continue to fall short …

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Kubernetes as a Service

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 DevOp teams are increasingly looking toward Kubernetes as a scalable and effective way to package application containers of all sorts.. However, while Docker and Kubernetes have paved the way for the container and microservices revolution, there is still plenty of room for innovation. The strength of the Kubernetes tool lies in its ability to blend the simplicity of Platform as …

Code Merge Tools

7 Code Merge Tools to Make Your Life 7x Easier

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Version control software has been around for many years. It has helped numerous developers of all skill levels manage projects. However, the management of version control has become a job in and of itself. This is due to large numbers of changes given to developers by managers and team leads. The process can be overwhelming; deciphering between different tools can …

Troubleshooting vs. Debugging

Troubleshooting vs Debugging: What’s the Difference & Best Practices

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Computer programmers are bombarded with jargon and terminology. Experienced programmers have learned how to work with these terms. Beginning programmers become frustrated and confused. To some degree, it’s a rite of passage in the programming world. It separates the wheat from the chaff. Troubleshooting and debugging are two concepts programmers need to learn and distinguish between. You not only need …

A Developer’s Guide to Cloud Adoption and Paths

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Limited disruption. That is the dream of every organization when adopting new technologies. It reduces the anxiety of developers and operational staff alike. It makes management ecstatic as they won’t be subjected to news that another technology implementation went wrong. Minor glitches may still present themselves, but overall, they are not enough to derail the implementation of the new technology. …

Deployment Tools

Top Deployment Tools for 2018

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Software development has changed. Long gone are the days of isolated dev teams and disorganized rollouts. Today, successful development teams are dedicated to operating rapidly-changing, resilient web systems at scale. With so much collaboration, organization is important for the safety and security of any system. Continuous integration and continuous deployment are central to keeping updates steady and effective, but tracking …

Fundamentals of the CD/CI Pipeline

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Providing your users with the best possible software is always the number one priority. But doing so in the fast-paced, ever-changing technology landscape we live in isn’t a simple task. As soon as an update is deployed, it seems like the need for the next is already here. This has been a constant battle of development teams for decades. The …

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A Crash Course Guide to Cloud Deployment Models 2018

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Over the past few years, we’ve seen more and more companies jump on the cloud computing bandwagon.and 2018 will prove to be no different. This study by Gartner predicts that as soon as next year, “30 percent of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only.” Gartner goes on to say that a “no …

Continuous Delivery Trends

Software Trends for 2018: Continuous Delivery

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“Software is eating the world” is no longer a hopeful vision. It’s happening. It’s here. Software is driving the world’s most important technological trends, and 2018 will prove to be an inflection point for several of them. Underlying the rapid pace of software transformation is another trend that has become immensely popular in itself. The rise of continuous delivery has …

Continuous Delivery: Jenkins vs Bamboo

CI/CD Tools Throwdown: Jenkins vs. TeamCity vs. Bamboo

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 Have you ever looked at the Olympic world records from 1924? I know you’re here for a good ol’ CI/CD tools throwdown, but hear me out. If you compare the 1924 records to those from 2016, those Olympians wouldn’t even make their national teams. That’s how much better, faster, and stronger athletes are today.   Most of this improvement is …

Patterns, Best Practices, and Tools for Agile and DevOps

Software Configuration Management: Patterns, Best Practices, and Tools for Agile and DevOps

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Every high-functioning organization has a “master plan” that details how they are supposed to operate and accomplish tasks. The military has organization charts. Construction contractors have critical path scheduling. Mathematics (not an organization, I know) has Order of Operations. The world of software development is no different. While there are many project management methodologies and performance monitoring tools, there is …