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Evelyn Van Kelle O'Reilly Media

Strong feedback loops make strong software teams

I'm a huge fan of well designed feedback loops. In software creation, feedback loops prove to be one of the most important, often overlooked, artifacts of the development lifecycle. Evelyn Van Kelle writes on the O'Reilly Ideas blog: There is a false dichotomy between full automation and human intervention. Successful quality control combines tool-based measurement with manual review and discussion. At the end of the day, the most effective feedback loops are a mixture of daily best practices, automation, tools, and human intervention.

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Hongli Lai www.joyfulbikeshedding.com

Netdata for simple server monitoring

Hongli Lai, co-founder of Phusion and Passenger engineer, shares his quest for an easy-to-use monitoring solution for Phusion's servers. Unlike the other solutions I've checked out, Netdata provides real-time, per-second monitoring. You can see the CPU/memory slider update in real time. Netdata also provides alerting and installs a ton of alerts by default. By default Netdata stores collected stats on the same server. This is very convenient if you are just getting started. It can also be configured to send stats to a central server. Also, go back in time to 2015 when we talked with Hongli on The Changelog #136.

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Gabe Monroy Avatar Brendan Burns Avatar The Changelog #282

The Impact and Future of Kubernetes

From KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2017 — Brendan Burns (Kubernetes co-founder) and Gabe Monroy (creator of Deis) joined us on The Changelog to talk about the origin, impact, and future of Kubernetes and cloud infrastructure. If Kubernetes let's you not think about your machines, I think in many cases people don't even want to have machines, this move towards serverless containers and the orchestration of serverless containers is the next really important part of what we're doing. — Brendan Burns, Kubernetes co-founder

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Why write postmortems?

Postmortems are a healthy exercise to do after an incident to learn the specifics of why it happened and what needs to be done to prevent it from happening again. A good report captures the risks of current services, and helps Product and Engineering to more proactively prioritize work on services. Someone from outside your team should be able to read your postmortem report and answer these five questions...

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Terraforming 1Password

Last weekend the folks at 1Password put out a tweet saying they were going down for a few hours to replace AWS CloudFormation with HashiCorp Terraform. The tweet got a lot of attention, particularly from people running or managing their services. It is like creating a brand new universe, from scratch. This post will go into technical details and I apologize in advance if I explain things too quickly. I tried to make up for this by including some pretty pictures but most of them ended up being code snippets.

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