Posts Categorized in Software development

At Redgate, we’re fascinated by software development and how to do it smarter, better and more intelligently. How do we reduce the burden of legacy code and technical debt, for example? How do we use test-driven development to make the code as robust as possible. How do we apply UX principles and skills to make the complicated software we develop intuitive to use?

10 August 2015

10 August 2015

The why (and more importantly the how) of automated database deployment

Reliability, traceability, speed: these are the top three motivators for automating the deployment of database changes. Especially when it comes to production, there is no compromising on the level of scrutiny that may just prevent something disastrous happening in production. This need for quality has a strange effect. We talked recently to 30 teams at various stages... Read more

22 July 2015

22 July 2015

The key to avoiding database version control problems

It’s a familiar story. Two developers are working on a database, they’re using version control, and there’s a problem. The bigger problem is, they don’t even know they have a problem. As far as they’re concerned, they’re doing everything right. They’ve been using version control, so they can deploy the database changes they’ve been... Read more

21 July 2015

21 July 2015

Two different types of release branch

When devising the first workshop for the new Redgate DLM training program, Steve Jones and I got into a bit of a debate about branching. Upon reflection, it’s obvious why. People often use the term ‘release branch’, but they can mean different things. It is important to be clear. I did some Googling and... Read more

15 June 2015

15 June 2015

Architectural principles of a DevOps team

Trying to tame complexity Over the last few years my team (“DevOps” – the name’s not entirely accurate, but close enough) have been putting together a handful of charter-like documents that we can agree on and work to. This isn’t an especially new idea and we shamelessly cribbed the initial version from one of the other teams.... Read more

7 April 2015

7 April 2015

Have you tried team exploratory testing?

If not, why don’t give it a go? As a company which adopts an agile methodology, testing is an integral part of the development process at Redgate. Team exploratory testing is an approach we take so that everyone on a team, from the developers to the support engineers as well as the project and... Read more

26 March 2015

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26 March 2015

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The 5 big benefits of automated deployment

“Every software development team should have a fully automated deployment process.” That’s according to pretty much everyone I meet at conferences and events. It’s not even a debate. It’s a declaration. In actual fact there are only a small percentage of software development teams who have a ‘one-click’, totally hands-off, fully automated deployment process.... Read more

19 January 2015

19 January 2015

User research- it’s better as a team sport

User research is a team sport as many user research teams – particularly those working in agile development teams, such as the GDS User research team – have discovered. This discovery is perhaps due to the growing realisation that user research in the agile software development cycle has the greatest impact when it isn’t... Read more