Rapid Development with Node.js

Devops

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how quickly you can build complete applications with Node.js. This adventure came about whilst working on an engagement. The customer wanted to build a request broker between two systems that needed to be integrated together, both having their own REST APIs. The customer in this case opted […]

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Trying out tools with Vagrant and Chef

Chef

It’s now easier than ever to try out new tools and applications. Case in point: this week I’ve been working on a new build and deploy process for a customer. They are moving to a new workflow with continuous integration. So, I wanted to try out some specific features of Jenkins to see if these […]

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Test driven development in .NET

.net

In my previous post I explained the basics of test driven development (TDD) and what advantages it can bring. In this post, I will give you an example of using test driven development with the MVC4 .NET and entity framework (EF). This framework helps the developer by splitting the system into 3 different types of […]

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Continuous delivery at the Ministry of Justice

continuous delivery

One of the things we’ve been working on with the Ministry of Justice is creating a consistent way for teams to build and deploy their applications. This means that they can build new applications more quickly; it also means that developers working across different products can follow a tried and tested workflow process. For context […]

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Test driven development and why it matters

.net

Test driven development (TDD) has been around, as a concept at least, for nearly 15 years. However, it’s still gaining acceptance with some developers and industries. Here’s the basics: write a failing end-to-end test write a failing unit test. write just enough code to make the unit test pass. repeat 2 and 3 until the […]

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PowerShell and REST APIs

API

Here at Automation Logic we spend a lot of time talking to a huge variety of APIs (RESTful or otherwise). So it’s nice to know that PowerShell makes it easier than ever to send API calls from the Windows command line. Here’s a recent example we’ve used to talk to the HP Operations Orchestration (OO) […]

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HP CSA node library

csa

Calling all DevOps-minded users of HP Cloud Service Automation (HP CSA)! We have a lot of customers who need to automatically test their service designs while developing them. We found ourselves repeatedly building a test system using whichever tools they specified (usually HP Operations Orchestration). Rather than writing the same code over and over again […]

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Salt Cloud and Web deployment

Salt

Application deployment and configuration have become easier and easier over the past few years. These days, there’s a whole host of configuration management and automated deployment tools. If you’re a fan of the python way of doing things I’d very much recommend giving SaltStack a try. In this article I’m going to demonstrate a couple of the […]

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Video: Extending the Salt server management framework

Automation

I gave a talk on extending Salt at The London Python Meetup in April. Link to video below: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/java-jee/my-experience-of-using-server-management-framework-salt The talk seems to have been categorised under Java but I won’t hold that against the Skillsmatter folks who are otherwise excellent.

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Access Java objects from within OO Scriplets

Automation

As if it wasn’t wearing enough explaining to people that Javascript has nothing to do with Java, the Javascript engine in HP Operations Orchestration (OO) scriplet operations is implemented in RHINO, a Javascript engine written in Java. But, you said….. Despite this, being able to access Java objects within OO scriplets is quite handy. In […]

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