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Charles Rice

DevOps Engineer on the path to UX Unicorn-ness - conquering development, deployment and user experience design one step at a time.
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Posted by Charles Rice
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

The release of Jenkins2 put a huge emphasis on - a feature that Jenkins always had but wasn't the key highlight. This all changes with the default built in pipelines that help you write your pipelines in Groovy as code, check it into SCM and visualise your pipelines from a single pipeline job type. It provides huge improvements over the "workflow" view that used to exist, but the documentation doesn't come with a rich set of examples.

In this post I'm going to show you the key building blocks using Groovy, complete with code snippets and hopefully guide you on your way to true DevOps style pipelines - your pipeline as code.

Posted by Charles Rice
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Welcome to the 96th edition of #ThisWeekInDevOps !
This blog aims to keep you up to date with the latest news from the world of DevOps.

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Wed, Aug 31, 2016

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Wed, Nov 25, 2015

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Fri, Aug 28, 2015

After nearly a year working as a developer on a few interesting projects and going through a Datastax Cassandra bootcamp, I was intrigued and in awe of the powerful possibilities offered by using best DevOps practices. One of my first tasks to enter the land of DevOps involved learning to use a new tool called to launch a small AWS (Amazon Web Services) stack in a different way, hosting a simple HTML application. By the end of this post you will learn a little more about Ansible, its building blocks, steps taken to create this stack launcher and what it is like diving into and learning how to "do" DevOps.

Posted by Charles Rice
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Over half a century ago software development used to follow the Waterfall methodology, a process that anyone who took a GCSE in ICT should be familiar with. Whilst it is a good basis to begin learning from we know that this model of step by step from beginning to end does not work, especially in today's mix of rapidly evolving technologies. This post explores why sometimes the UX (User Experience) process is still inserted into the development process in a Waterfall style, and convince you that a modern development methodology such as Agile can be adapted to accommodate the value that UX can bring to the table.

Posted by Charles Rice
Wed, May 20, 2015

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