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Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software (Pragmatic Programmers) [Kindle Edition]

Michael T. Nygard
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Whether it's in Java, .NET, or Ruby on Rails, getting your application ready to ship is only half the battle. Did you design your system to survivef a sudden rush of visitors from Digg or Slashdot? Or an influx of real world customers from 100 different countries? Are you ready for a world filled with flakey networks, tangled databases, and impatient users?

If you're a developer and don't want to be on call for 3AM for the rest of your life, this book will help.

In Release It!, Michael T. Nygard shows you how to design and architect your application for the harsh realities it will face. You'll learn how to design your application for maximum uptime, performance, and return on investment.

Mike explains that many problems with systems today start with the design.



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""Agile development emphasizes delivering production-ready code every iteration. This book finally lays out exactly what this really means for critical systems today. You have a winner here.""--Tom Poppendieck, Poppendieck LLC.""It's brilliant. Absolutely awesome. This book would've saved [Really Big Company] hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in a recent release.""--Jared Richardson, Agile Artisans, Inc.""Beware! This excellent package of experience, insights, and patterns has the potential to highlight all the mistakes you didn't know you have already made. Rejoice! Michael gives you recipes of how you redeem yourself right now. An invaluable addition to your Pragmatic bookshelf.""--Arun Batchu, Enterprise Architect, netrii LLC

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Everything changes after Release 1.0. The consultants leave;
key developers get reassigned to new projects, and the wild and free
environment of development gets replaced by change review boards and defect
reports. And the public starts beating on the system. Your application
needs to be ready to live in that environment--without you.

Out in the real world, your system may have to endure the huge traffic
spikes of a Slashdot posting, or a sudden influx of international customers
in the middle of the night, or enjoy such popularity that you can't even
take it down for maintenance.

Other books on design and architecture only tell you how to meet functional
requirements. They help your software pass Quality Assurance. But painful
experience has shown that "feature complete" is not even close to
"production ready."

With a combination of case studies and practical advice, Enterprise
Engineering will help you avoid the pitfalls that cost companies hundreds
of thousand--sometimes millions--of dollars.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1110 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (30 Mar. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A32NXZO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daring us to do better 7 Mar. 2009
Format:Paperback
If you are in the business of making software systems, odds are that you might have heard about Nygard's book. People have raved about it since it was published in 2007.

That being the case, it had been on my to-read list for a while, but without any urgency. Then I went a conference where I heard two sessions with Michael Nygard presenting his ideas. After that, I knew I had to get hold of the book straight away.

Release It! is something as rare as a book which is groundbreaking while stating the obvious.

First of all, Nygard makes the simple point that we (meaning the people in the business) are all too focused on making our systems ready to pass QA's tests and not on making ready to go into production. This is hardly news, but it's the dirty little secret of the business. It's not something you're supposed to say out loud. Yet Nygard does that. And not only that, he dares to demand that we do better.

Having committed this heresy, he goes on to explain how we can go around doing that.

He does that in two ways. First he present us for the anti-patterns which will stop us from having a running system in production, and then he present us for the patterns which will make it possible to avoid them. Or, if it's not possible to avoid them, to minimize the damage caused by them.

That's another theme of Nygard's book. The insistence that the system will break, and the focus on implementing ways to do damage control and recovery.

The book is not only aimed at programmers, though they should certainly read it, it's also aimed at anyone else involved in the development, testing, configuration and deployment of the system at a technical level, including people involved in the planning of those tasks.

As people might have figured by now, I think the hype around the book has been highly warranted, and I think that any person involved in the field would do well to read the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and indeed Pragmatic 19 May 2010
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This book is packed with little passages and anecdotes which rang true with my own experiences. The patterns are genuinely useful, and being presented in this way can be sold to doubting managers more easily. Buy a copy for every ivory-tower architect you know... then beat him around the head with it until unconscious ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading 6 Feb. 2012
Format:Paperback
With close to 15 years development experience under my belt I have to report I thoroughly enjoyed Michael T. Nygard's book. The critical insights that software's life begins when it goes into production and that if you don't design and develop with an eye on going into production you are going to miss the mark - while seemingly obvious when stated - are brought to life and illustrated wonderfully. The value of this book is the light it sheds on how to give the gift of life to your software (the positive) and how to ensure its survival (mitigating the negative). As well, the structure it gives the topic is cognition-friendly (i.e., right on!) and the tone of delivery makes it an easy read for such in depth material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing book 5 Aug. 2010
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I really enjoyed reading it as this book is based on real-life experience, packed with very useful and practical ideas, easy to read. A must read book for all developers involved in developing of mission-critical applications.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Fifty Shades of Grey? 17 Jan. 2013
Format:Paperback
This is the best software development text I have ever read. In fact it's one of the best books I've read; better than '1984', better than 'The Grapes of Wrath', better than 'Slaughterhouse 5'... hell it's probably even better than 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. As a handbook on avoiding sadomasochism, it is definitely better than the aforementioned classic of modern literature.

If you are a software development professional in (or aspiring to be in) any sort of leadership role - architect, dev manager, senior developer - you should read and absorb this book. It is particularly relevant if you work on big, public-facing systems, but most of the principles embodied within it are equally valid for builders of systems of all shapes and sizes.

This, for me, is the current best all-round handbook on 'DevOps' - the principle that software engineering departments should be set up to build software for operation, not to pass QA. It covers the high level organisational and operational issues, and zooms right down to design patterns and programming techniques. It's written in an accessible and witty style, and there are some detailed case studies that genuinely add something to the content.

Do yourself a favour and buy this book. You will become a better IT professional for it, by at least fifty shades.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you're a developer, architect or ops engineer, this book is vital reading. As I read it, many of the anti-patterns listed rang home and it was nice to be able to put names to strategies and patterns to solve these "real" issues which never manifest during QA.

If like me, you provide 4th line prod support for apps you've developed, reading this book and practicing it will hopefully give you a good night sleep after your latest release goes live.
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