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Hanselminutes Podcast 230 - Continuous Deployment with Jon Tørresdal

September 7, '10 Comments [2] Posted in Agile | ASP.NET | Podcast
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This week Scott talks to Jon Tørresdal from Norway via Skype. Jon is an Architect for a Norwegian insurance company, and an editor for InfoQ. His agile team practice Scrum and Jon shares his experiences making web deployment a no-click affair. What are the tools and techniques you need to make your automated build automate deployment to a production web farm?

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Friday, September 10, 2010 1:21:29 PM UTC
Yet another great show. One thing that would be interesting would be more discussion on upgrading web farms from the database perspective. It is relatively easy to roll out a new version of code to the web servers if there are no changes to the underlying data store. However when (and really most always) there are changes needed in what is stored then rolling out new code gets more complicated.

The main issues involve adding new columns to various tables. The typical process is either allow nulls or default in a value. Either way the old application code needs to be able to handle this during the upgrade. This might make a couple of interesting shows discussing the various ways of attacking these issues.
John
Friday, September 10, 2010 9:56:37 PM UTC
I really enjoyed listening to this show. Great to hear how others are making strides in deploying an application. No longer are the days of .bat files xcopying things over from one server to another, or at least there are better tools available to us so we can choose to upgrade our deployment procedures.
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