Continuous Delivery: Jenkins vs Bamboo

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

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

 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

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

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 …

What DevOps Success Looks Like

DevOps Success Stories Across the Industry

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Across the world, companies from every industry are combining their development teams and operations teams to create one unified DevOps team. Teams are increasing productivity, transparency, and efficiency, while simultaneously decreasing bottlenecks and communication silos. Whether it’s a small restaurant POS startup out of Boston, or a world renowned ad agency, companies are making the switch and reaping the rewards. …

Top 6 Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools To Make Your Life Easier

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Due to the complexity of current day web applications, ALM, or Application Lifecycle Management, is important now more than ever. It’s no longer just the coding and development stage that is crucial to an application’s success. It’s the initial Requirements (or Governance) stage, where teams decide what and how the application will be created and what problem it will seek …

Application deployment tips

8 Best Practices for Agile Software Deployment

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Stackify CEO Matt Watson said the #1 problem with agile development is lack of confidence in deployment. Rapid deployment, one of agile’s greatest strengths, can also be a major weakness if testing and automation are not properly developed. Moving too fast without the right processes in place can lead to errors, downtime, and poor user experience. However, companies can gain …

videos for software developers

Top YouTube Channels for Developers of all Levels

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Amongst the tribe of infinite learners, self-taught programmers, and digital nomads, there are few tools better than YouTube. What started as a simple video-sharing site is now arguably the second largest search engine in the world, rich with educational resources that puts the Library of Alexandria to shame. In fact, Google says, “more than 7 in 10 viewers use the …

Application Lifecycle Management

What is Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)?

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

 Speed is the name of the game in today’s software-driven world. The best companies deploy software updates daily, sometimes more. In order to reach such epic levels of productivity, businesses need a plan for managing their software from beginning to end. That’s where application lifecycle management (ALM) comes in. ALM helps businesses make smart decisions about their software and manage …

software development lifecycle phases

SDLC Phases: Identify Current Problems

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a broad term for a set of methodologies designed to guide a software development project. SDLC is a “process that produces software with the highest quality and lowest cost in the shortest time.” SDLC Phases There are several SDLC methodologies, but most include a version of the following phases: Identify Current Problems Plan Design Build …

BizDevOps Process

A Quick Guide to BizDevOps

Ben Putano Insights for Dev Managers

Every company today should be terrified of disruption by a faster, more innovative competitor. In fact, as you read this article, Amazon is busy deploying a new release every second, and odds are they’re already planning to move into your industry. Any company that doesn’t keep a healthy fear of disruption — and speed up their own innovation — will …

.net blogs for developers

The Top 10 .NET Blogs You Should Follow Today

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

As the Microsoft framework becomes more powerful (and more popular), the more important it will be to stay abreast of the latest news and updates. Luckily there is an entire ecosystem of teachers, writers, thinkers, and speakers that are dedicated to pushing .NET forward. You’ve surely come across a few of the big time .NET blogs already. Scott Hanselman is …

low code development benefit

How to Choose the Best Low-Code Platform For Your Dev Team

Ben Putano Insights for Dev Managers

As late as June 2015, Alere (recently acquired by Abbott) still used Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to track their internal audits and enterprise risk management. It’s hard to believe that the world-renowned pharmaceutical and medical device company, who was featured in the classic business book Good to Great, relied on such a clunky system for such an important business process.  When …

10 Java Blogs

Top 10 Java Blogs for Programmers of All Levels

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

The world of information technology is an ever-changing landscape. Simply thinking back to the infrastructure and functions of a webpage 5, 10, 15 years ago can make any programmer cringe. Staying current on industry strategies and best practices is essential for developers of all levels. Blogs can provide great insight and perspective from industry peers and colleagues. All over the …

top devops blogs

Top 13 DevOps Blogs You Should Be Reading

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

The software development process has changed drastically over the last 10 years. DevOps has taken over the world, and as more Development and IT teams work in harmony, the more these agile companies sing the praises of continuous deployment Continuous deployment is what makes DevOps so special. Instead of releasing application updates every 1-6 months, DevOps teams now deploy small, …

top developer podcasts

The 21 Best Developer Podcasts Right Now

Ben Putano Developer Career Development, Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Finding a great developer podcast isn’t as easy as it used to be. There are literally hundreds these days, with new shows starting ever week and old ones giving their final farewell. So if you’re on the hunt for a new podcast, where do you even start? After failing to decode iTunes’ terrible search function and reading all the “Ultimate …