Automated Install of Octopus Deploy Server

I have been using Octopus Deploy for a while at work and now upgrading to their 2.0 line. It’s a wonderful product and you should check it out if you haven’t yet. One of the things I always want to do is automate the install of application infrastructure items (such as this) so that I can burn and build the servers. This allows me to be better prepared for server outages.

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To Build and Deploy

The end goal of every software development project should be to build it and deploy it. Not every language has a ‘build’ step but in that case I consider running your tests to be part of the build. If you don’t build it you can’t deploy it and if you don’t deploy it what’s the point?

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.NET Default Syndrome

Yesterday Rob Sullivan (@DataChomp); the local data magistrate in town announced he was leaving SQL Server for Postgres and Ruby. I applaud him for this move as it does take a non trivial amount of effort to leave something you have been working with in excess of 10 years for something you have only been looking at for about a year. I know he will do well in whatever environment he choses; because it’s about skill and determination; not about what product or platform you work with. But this isn’t about him and I’m sure he is disappointed about that.

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