005 – Revision Control – REPOST

NOTE: There were some issues with the previous upload of the file and fixing it didn’t seem to fix the stream for our iTunes listeners, so here’s a repost with the correct audio file.

Take a listen to the first version of our thoughts on revision control.

Overview

In this episode, we discuss revision control.  Revision control is a topic that is near and dear to both Chris and I and we’ve got some strong opinions on how it should be used.

(SPOILER ALERT: For lots of things!)

We cover what revision control is, why it matters, and what should be revision controlled.  We also talk a bit about how to deal with secrets or sensitive data that may need to pass through revision control.

We go on a bit of a tangent on why tooling that generates artifacts that can be revision controlled are preferable to tooling that is just “magic”.  That discussion is thanks to Chris digging up this article on declarative configuration management versus VM templates.

News and Tools

Stay tuned for our next show on Time Management, with our first guest!

005 – Revision Control

Take a listen to the first version of our thoughts on revision control.

Overview

In this episode, we discuss revision control.  Revision control is a topic that is near and dear to both Chris and I and we’ve got some strong opinions on how it should be used.

(SPOILER ALERT: For lots of things!)

We cover what revision control is, why it matters, and what should be revision controlled.  We also talk a bit about how to deal with secrets or sensitive data that may need to pass through revision control.

We go on a bit of a tangent on why tooling that generates artifacts that can be revision controlled are preferable to tooling that is just “magic”.  That discussion is thanks to Chris digging up this article on declarative configuration management versus VM templates.

News and Tools

Stay tuned for our next show on Time Management, with our first guest!

004 – The Holidays

Now that the holidays are over, here are some thoughts Chris and I have on them.

Overview

In this episode, we talk about the holidays, specifically how they impact operations personnel.  We cover on-call considerations, bonding with family and co-workers over alcohol holiday parties, and code freezes.

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Hope you all had a great holiday season and have had a great start to 2014!

003 – Documentation

Sorry this is a little late (blame it on Steve).

Overview

In this episode we talk about documentation. Really taking a big picture view of how to document things and what should be documented. Along with that we try to talk a bit about the types of documentation that are not necessarily obvious, like monitoring.

During the show, Steve mentioned the Stack Exchange data center move.  If you are interested, here are some pictures and commentary:  http://www.reddit.com/r/cableporn/comments/1bcxfi/a_few_photos_from_the_stack_overflow_data_center/

News Items

Hope you enjoy the show.

002 – Ops is Value Add

Overview

This episode is really focuses on how Ops adds value and discusses lots of aspects around the roles of traditional IT and WebOps.

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001 – The Beginning

Overview

This episode provides an introduction into the goals of the podcast and a little bit of info about Chris and Steve.

News Items

We skipped the news section this episode but will pick it up in the future.

Topics Discussed

  • About Us
  • Vision for the podcast
  • What is Ops?