Questions tagged [deployment]

Deployment is all of the activities that make a software system available for use. Questions relating to deploying software go under this tag.

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What is the purpose of a dedicated build machine?

Due to a number of circumstances leading to a poor deployment last build cycle, I campaigned in our office to perform all future deployments with a dedicated build machine, and my boss accepted this ...
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Are the development benefits of using Docker negated when using Java compared to other languages closer to Unix binaries?

I had a friend who said: Docker is amazing. You can use it to replicate production and all its quirks on your local machine. Then you can deploy that instance straight through all the staging ...
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TODO comments with deadlines?

Background I'm working in a team that's looking to implement zero-downtime deployments. We're planning on using a blue/green deployment strategy in order to achieve this. One of the things I'm ...
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How do you update your production codebase/database schema without causing downtime?

What are some techniques for updating a production server's code base / database schema without causing any downtime?
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Achieving Zero Downtime Deployment

I am trying to achieve zero downtime deployments so I can deploy less during off hours and more during "slower" hours - or anytime, in theory. My current setup, somewhat simplified: Web Server A (....
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How can I automate production deployments without experiencing extreme anxiety?

At our shop we use SVN for source control and CruiseControl for CI on handling automatic builds and deployments to our development, test, and integration environments. This all works smoothly however ...
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Is it best practice to deploy a project to the server file by file manually?

The company I work for now doesn't implement continuous delivery yet. We still deploy the project manually to server, file by file. Which is best practice: to manually deploy one project artifact for ...
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How do you update live web sites with code changes?

I know this is a very basic question. If someone could humor me and tell me how they would handle this, I'd be greatful. I decided to post this because I am about to install SynchToy to remedy the ...
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What do update versions really mean?

A lot of software updates follow the scheme of v0.1 to v0.2 to v2.6.5.6. What do these "updates" to software really mean? Is there an industry standard always followed or do programmers pretty much ...
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How do you handle versioning in a multi-sided project?

I know it's a broad question so I'll try to be as specific as possible. This question is more an "organisational" question than a technical one. We have a multi-sided project with these main ...
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How to structure multiple overlapping solutions / projects in .Net?

I recently started out working for a new client with an old legacy codebase in which there are multiple .net solutions, each typically hosts some projects unique to that solution but then "borrows" / "...
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DB migration and Azure deployment slots

I'm planning to push a new web application to an Azure Web App Service (former Azure Website). I'd like to make use of the deployment slots to be able to test my deployment before pushing it to ...
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Should I release source code to fix bug

I have a bug in my application that I'm building. I asked a question on S.O. and one of the users asked me to post or send all the code to him so he could look at it. I totally understand the ...
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How can we keep track of which version of our code is in each environment?

My team currently uses a fairly simple branching/deployment process that looks like this: ┌────────┐ ┌────┐ ┌──────┐ Environments: │ DEV │ │ QA │ │ PROD │ └───────...
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Zero Downtime Deployment - Transitional Db Schema

Achieving Zero Downtime Deployment touched on the same issue but I need some advice on a strategy that I am considering. Context A web-based application with Apache/PHP for server-side processing and ...
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Do Windows Installers for internal business applications make sense?

I'm trying to build a general understanding for what's common in this situation so that I can decide if it makes sense to pursue it further. Are installers welcome in a typical corporate environment ...
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What is the difference between `update` and `upgrade`

What is the difference between update and upgrade in the context of application software?
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Should I deploy 32-bit only or both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows?

I have a cross-platform application written in a compiled language. For Linux it is customary to have both amd64 and i386 builds available to user, so user can choose version, suitable for its ...
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Jenkins to automate deployment of ASP.NET applications

Is there any possibility to automate/semi-automate deployments of ASP.NET web applications using Jenkins. It can be under controlled or uncontrolled environments, for uncontrolled user needs to enter ...
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Should the deploy script be an artifact of the build?

This is a web project written in Java. So, I'm writing the build and the deploy scripts. To create the build, I used ant. The continuous build is done with Jenkins. The build generates 3 different ...
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What can you do to decrease the number of deployment bugs of a live website?

I'm sure lots of you have experienced this problem. A website or web application is running and is live. You want to upload the next version, but you haven't figured out everything, like setting a ...
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Should minified CSS be stored in Git?

I use Gulp to generate minified CSS from my SASS code for a project I'm working on. I wondered whether it's considered best practice to regenerate this minified CSS when pushing live from Git... or ...
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Can you do continuous deployment with junior programmers?

There is a moment when you begin to understand that, in micro service architecture, it is more scary to wait a week to deploy all micro services at once to make sure that everything works together, ...
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Is it acceptable to deploy web app to production directly from SVN

Question Is there a legitimate reason NOT to use SVN for production deploys, or is this merely a case of personal preference and there is no real case against SVN? Background My workplace has a ...
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As a Europe-based company, is it possible to write a custom iPad application for a customer?

Our customer wants us to write a custom application for him that he can use on a handful of iPads in his company. This application is probably only useful for this one customer (maybe for two or three ...
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Support Multiple versions of Mobile apps

We are building a suite of native mobile applications to supplement our existing application that currently only supports a web interface to the server. The application can be installed and hosted by ...
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How do I Integrate Production Database Hot Fixes into Shared Database Development model? [duplicate]

We are using SQL Source Control 3, SQL Compare, SQL Data Compare from RedGate, Mercurial repositories, TeamCity and a set of 4 environments including production. I am working on getting us to a ...
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Using a TFS Build Process Template (Workflow) for Deployment

I'm thinking of using TFS Build workflows for complex deployments. We have some that may need to deploy: Web applications and services Database SSRS Reports SSIS Packages Who knows what else I like ...
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How do companies keep websites hidden when in development?

I am new to this and also a new 19 year old PHP developer that just got hired so I am unsure as to how this works. Many companies when developing their websites keep their sites hidden from being ...
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What is the difference between software deployment and software release?

I am coming more from the web development angle. We build a module, test it and then deploy it. Some people call this last step (deploy) as 'release'. What's the difference? or are they the same ...
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Agile development deployment process. Where do QA and Business Owners test?

I've been reading up a lot lately on various web application deployment processes using SVN or GIT, with a view to redesigning how we currently deploy where I work. As is the way with many flavours ...
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Software bundle containing LGPL libraries as Java Fat-Jar Archive

At work, we're deploying a software bundle of a Java application (written by us) which has lots of external dependencies, most of them being LGPL and BSD-licensed third-party-libraries distributes as ...
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After breaking our code into reusable bits, how do we test and deploy?

We started out with one developer, and one svn repo containing all our code: ^/foo/trunk/module-a ^/foo/trunk/module-b ^/foo/trunk/module-b/submodule-b1 ^/foo/trunk/website1 (at the time this was a ...
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Good practices for packaging Python programs

I've been using Python for a while now, both in the context of personal and professional projects. One thing that occured to me recently is that I had never thought about a good way to deploy Python ...
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Software/firmware auto update strategy

I've got a medium-sized project now that's just nearing the end of the "sloppy caffeine-powered prototypes for client demos" phase and transitioning into "think about the future" phase. The project ...
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Using an Apt Repository for Paid Software Updates

I'm trying to determine a way to distribute software updates for a hosted/on-site web application that may have weekly and/or monthly updates. I don't want the customers who use the on-site product to ...
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Why do Chrome and Adobe use “download wizards” to install software?

Why do software companies use download wizards for large files instead of letting users download the file directly? Is it so the user does not get discouraged by the waiting time, or is it something ...
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ASP.NET deployment/maintenance best practices

I have been in the web development industry for around 5 years now, always working in an open source environment. Mostly apache, mysql, and php with a little bit of ruby, using git for version control....
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Describe the best deployment environment you've worked with [closed]

The Joel Test includes the question: Can you make a build in one step? Which is important, but I'm wondering, how streamlined have some of the deployment processes been? All software from shrink-...
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Is MySQL viable for small-medium business applications

After having worked with a Microsoft stack - VB.Net, ASP.Net, SQL Server - for the past 10 years, we are now faced with having to develop an application for both Windows and Mac environments. It has ...
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How to maintain a demo version of an application?

I need to be able to demo our production application to prospective clients. The way I have it setup today is simple. The demo application is an exact duplicate of the production system, except that ...
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Blue Green Deployment With Single Database

I am trying to analyze blue green deployment strategy to provide zero downtime upgrades for our customers. We have an enterprise java based monolithic web application that uses Oracle as the data ...
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What is the origin of “deployment environments” (dev/test/staging/prod)?

When reading about software deployment/release, I see many people referring to an idea that Wikipedia calls "deployment environments". The deployment environments of Development, Test, Acceptance and ...
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Best practices for managing deployment of code from dev to production servers?

I am hoping to find an easy tool or method, that allow's managing our code deployment. Here are the features I hope this solution has: Either web-based or batch file, that given a list of files, ...
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How to apply environment specific changes within the classic Git branching model?

I understand classic branching and deployment model as saying (in some small variant of the below): makes the changes on dev branch merge dev > staging branch, deploy to staging server, test it out ...
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Why should we NOT do frequent deployment in PROD or to test server?

I was instructed by my project manager that frequent deployment in PROD or to test server should be avoided. But I don't understand why? We roll our testing copy to PROD on every sprint end but ...
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Can I implement a payment feature in my own software?

Note: I spent some time thinking about this question before choosing which StackExchance site to post it on. I have decided on this domain because of the description: "For professional programmers ...
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Managing large number of app.config files

We have many windows services and web apps which all rely on a lot of common settings. Currently we use just appSettings as needed and they are referenced by key. Some of the settings are app ...
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Should developers do their own software releases (if there is a prod support team in place)?

I know there are going to always be differences depending on the particular size, staff etc, but i wanted to get feedback in general around: In an environment where you have a production support team ...
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Azure CloudServices: Having more than just staging and production slots?

We're using Azure Cloud Services and would like to have a workflow where deployments flow as Cloud Service #1: testing/QA => staging => production Currently Azure Cloud Services only have ...

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