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

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    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.

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    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

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    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 continously 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…

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  • 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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  • How to Continuously Deploy a Chrome Extension

    Google Chrome is the most-used browser on the Internet. And people are creating Chrome Extensions for all kinds of use-cases. Within 24 hours of Twitter announcing their 280 character tweets test, a new Chrome Extension collapsing tweets back to 140 characters was born. Within days of the hurricane in Puerto Rico, a $0.99 extension called Donate to Puerto Rico was created, showcasing beautiful images of the island, with all proceeds going towards charities helping rehabilitate the island.

    In a space that moves this quickly, we can automate the delivery of features, bug fixes, and security patches with Continuous Deployment. Google’s Chrome Developer Docs has a lot of information but doesn’t include anything on Continuous Integration or provide examples for automated deployment. We’ll cover one example in this post along with how we can tackle development environment challenges and versioning.

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  • A Letter to Future CircleCI Employees

    What follows is a letter to potential CircleCI employees, from our Head of Human Resources, David Mann.

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    Dear CircleCI Candidates,

    I wanted to share our philosophy and standards around the hiring process to give you more clarity about what you should expect from us, and what we’ll look for from you.

    Overall, know this: we respect you. And we’re honored you’re interested in joining our team.

    To make the interview flow go smoothly, we have some standards we live by. We’re not perfect, but we do our best to make the getting-to-know-each-other process as enjoyable as possible. And as you consider joining our team, I want to share with you the thinking behind our methodology.

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  • Reducing Microservice Overhead with Shared Libraries

    The importance of maintaining version dependencies for your microservice architecture

    Scaling a microservice architecture has a number of challenges. You’ll hear people talk about having “thousands of services” where they get to “have the right tools for the job” all the way down to their languages. This is all well and good, but thousands of things are not always great.

    For instance, things I would rather not have thousands of:

    • Log formats
    • Spider-man reboots
    • Database access patterns
    • Metrics dashboards I need to maintain
    • Stats publishing formats
    • Recipes including the words “Jello” and “Salad” (no, this was not okay, 1950s. You gave us the birth of NASA, but this almost cancels it out)
    • Measurement standards
    • Health check endpoints
    • RabbitMQ access patterns

    And at the top of the list: Java Maven Dependencies

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