• From Code Cowboy to Infrastructure Architect

    5 things I wish I’d known as a developer


    There’s a difference between understanding how to write an app, and understanding the infrastructure that works underneath it. When I transitioned from a developer to an SRE (site reliability engineer) this year, and saw how distributed systems worked at an actual company, it really changed the way I thought about writing code.

    When you’re doing software development exclusively you’re not thinking about how it’s going to be held up. When I deployed my first website, I had no idea how to lay this down. I didn’t care much about writing tests. Let’s keep it real: I just cared about adding new features and seeing the end product. I didn’t understand how to host static images, or configure a server.

    Here are some things I wish I’d been more focused on when I was just working on development:

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  • The Feedback Loop: How to Adapt to Constant Change


    We live in an accelerating world.

    Information is being created, disseminated, processed, and regurgitated at unprecedented rates. But our brains aren’t adapting to this breakneck pace; as the amount of things increases, our attention spans have been decreasing to protect ourselves from the incessant barrage of information.

    And the world is changing to compensate for our lack of focus. Facebook and Twitter deliver endless feeds of bite-sized content, bombarding brains with dopamine — Burberry’s releases fresh designs one day after showcasing them — and the twin artforms of emoji and memes distill our thoughts into images.

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  • Continuous Drupal Part II: Drupal 8 CI

    We’re learning how to move faster with Drupal, moving changes from a dev’s laptop to production quickly while maintaining (if not increasing) quality. In part 1 of this Continuous Drupal series, we covered how to get up and running with Drupal using a modern toolset. In this post we’re going to continue where part 1 left off and bring our Drupal website into CircleCI. We’ll run QA tests on the site to make sure everything is running as expected, and optionally PHPUnit test for custom modules or themes we may have. Let’s dive in.

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  • Onboarding onto a Distributed Team: Reach Out and Ask Someone


    I started at CircleCI HQ in San Francisco as a Solutions Engineer this past August. With a job history of working at much larger companies such as eBay and PayPal, being at a start-up was a big change for me.

    And so I found myself grappling with a new problem: how to onboard. I was more accustomed to super structured week-long (or even longer) onboarding formats, which I had found to be dry and data-heavy.

    At CircleCI, the culture is very remote friendly. My manager Kevin lives in Seattle and works remotely from there. I have co-workers on my team based out of New York and Colorado. For my first week, Kevin traveled down to the San Francisco office to welcome me and to kick off the onboarding process. It was really helpful to have some 1:1 training time and to get some suggestions on what areas to continue focusing my time on. Solutions Engineers lead the technical implementation and day-to-day management of CircleCI Trials, ensuring early customer success and a long-term business relationship. New hires in this role often start with a week on support duty to help learn the product.

    After the newness and excitement of my first week, I felt a little unsure of the best way to soak up more CircleCI tribal know-how. There were plenty of people who could answer any technical questions I might have, but during those beginning days and weeks I didn’t always know quite what (or whom) to ask.

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  • One More Thing: Apple Developers Can Now Build for macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS on CircleCI 2.0

    Starting today, CircleCI 2.0 is available for customers building applications for iOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS. Teams building for Apple devices can now access Workflows to customize their app delivery pipeline, build for Apple platforms, Android, and Linux using a single configuration file, and have complete control over their Xcode versions.


    Developers can now also schedule jobs, making tasks like simultaneously updating apps across all operating systems in the App Store and Google Play Store easy.

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  • How Code for America Hacks Perfectionism to Ship Value Every Day


    We’ve recently been exploring signals around engineering productivity in order to share metrics teams can look at to know if they are on the right track (more on this to come). To be frank, we were surprised to see that Code For America was leading the pack in measures of engineering velocity. We spoke to two members of their team, John O’Duinn and Ben Sheldon, to learn more about how a non-profit focused on delivering services for the public sector is able to maintain incredible speed and engineering productivity.

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  • Continuously Deploying Python Packages to PyPI with CircleCI

    The Python Package Index commonly known as PyPI is a repository of software for the Python programming langauge. Every time you run pip install $PACKAGE you are using PyPI. In this post, you will learn how to continuously deploy your own Python packages to PyPI using git tags and CircleCI.

    Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a Python wrapper for the CircleCI API. This project uses the same approach that we are going to be discussing here.

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  • Continuous Drupal: Maintaining a Drupal Website With Docker, Git & Composer

    Many moons ago, I use to host a Drupal website on GoDaddy Shared Hosting, managing files with FTP and duplicating the MySQL database every once in awhile as “backups”. How many things wrong can you find in that sentence? In 2017, there are many tools and best practices that allow us to maintain a Drupal site efficiently and scale across team members as well as infrastructure. Starting a Drupal website today using these tools and practices allows developing with Drupal to happen with increased velocity. Furthermore, if you decide to implement CI into your Drupal site later on, having your site set up with this stack will make that possible.

    In this first post of a three-part series, we’re going to cover how we can use Docker, Git, Composer, and Drush to maintain a Drupal 8 website intelligently and efficiently.

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  • Dev Horror Stories, Part II

    Last year for Halloween, we put the call out for tales from the developer crypts that have kept haunting you, lo these many years.

    We had so much fun we decided to do it again, and the timing proved eerie…


    Continue reading “Dev Horror Stories, Part II”

  • Manual Job Approval and Scheduled Workflow Runs

    In CircleCI 2.0, teams now have more flexibility than ever in how they choose to run Workflows. Your jobs can be complex (or as simple as you’d like) and jobs don’t necessarily run sequentially.

    When we delivered Workflows, we wanted to offer you a way to break up your jobs and choose when and how you’d like to orchestrate your configurations. BUT you were still stuck– it was still up to you to figure out a way to run your jobs in a way that doesn’t break anything, or that you’re not wasting time waiting for them to run. You were forced to make many separate decisions about how and when to run jobs, even jobs you ran daily.

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