How to Shift Left your test strategy? - Part 1

Modern software products are being delivered as a service (SaaS) using cloud technologies. This secular move to cloud and SaaS has changed the way software is developed and deployed. SaaS products give you the means to deliver features and functionality to all your customers very quickly and very often. This also means that any quality issues or outages of your SaaS product will result in large number of unhappy customers. If you look at the root-cause analysis (RCA) of quality issues and defects, you will find that most bugs could have been caught during the design and coding stages. In order to meet the tough quality criteria for SaaS products, we need to test early and test often. This movement towards testing early is what is being called “Shift Left”.

Git Branching Insights

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Git is the most popular version control system and in this blog, I will be sharing some insights of using Git in a professional environment. I will review two branching strategies and share additional insights in connection with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery/Deployment.

Using Docker with nginx and NodeJS

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The best way to learn a new technology is by doing some hands-on practice or exercise. In order to learn the basics of Docker, I was scouting for a problem and the one that captured my imagination was how to use Docker for handling static web pages and dynamic REST APIs. In this 2-part blog, I will describe the problem and the solution first and then show how I implemented the solution using Docker.

Newton release install scripts for OpenStack

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Newton is one the recent releases of OpenStack. I would like to share scripts that can be used to install the Newton release of OpenStack on Ubuntu 16.04 as per the installation guide. As part of my blogging, book writing projects, I have the need to install OpenStack many times. And I have been automating the installation by writing simple shell scripts. The result is a collection of scripts that should help you get going with OpenStack’s latest release.

PyCharm and OpenStack programming

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OpenStack is based on the Python programming language and DevStack is the most common development and test environment for OpenStack. If you are doing serious, professional programming around OpenStack, it is very useful to have a proper development environment. In this blog, I will show you how to use the PyCharm IDE from Jetbrains for your OpenStack programming. I will use the Neutron ML2 driver code from my book OpenStack Networking Cookbook to guide you in setting up the PyCharm IDE.

Using SL4J and SimpleLogger with Servlets

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We saw in my previous blog that SLF4J and SimpleLogger support the most critical logging requirements with ease. In this blog, we will see how to use SLF4J in a Servlets based application. The general practice is to initialize logging related objects and parameters at the startup of an application. In case of Servlets, any of the servlet in the Web Application can be invoked due to user action. So we need to use a different technique for initializing logging related objects.