Continuous Delivery and DevOps – A Quickstart Guide, 2nd Edition
By Paul Swartout
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 196

Continuous Delivery (CD) and DevOps are fast becoming the next big thing(s) in relation to the delivery and support of software.

This updated edition provides you with a clear and concise insight in to what CD and DevOps are all about, how to go about preparing for and implementing them, and what quantifiable business value they bring.

You will be guided through the various stages of CD and DevOps adoption, the impact they will have on you and your business, how you can overcome common problems, and what to do once CD and DevOps have become embedded in your ways of working.

Included within are some real-world examples, tricks, tips, and observations that should help ease the adoption and allow you to fully utilize CD and DevOps to deliver quality software.

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Just an overview of methodologies

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Comments about oreilly Continuous Delivery and DevOps – A Quickstart Guide, 2nd Edition:

It turned out this was mostly a book about soft skills, with technical topics not being in the forefront. There were a couple of tools mentioned, and the importance of monitoring and metrics was strongly pointed out, but I expected more than that. I might be a bit biased due to my engineering background, though.

A common thread through all the chapters is a story about a fictional company which successfully implemented DevOps. It serves as an example of the journey and the practices involved. Probably the most important message it tries to get across, is the fact that there's no such thing as DevOps in a box: you can't buy it or just hire an expert - everyone needs to live it and breathe it.

In the end the book falls a bit short and remains just an overview of methodologies and approaches, with lots of pointers to further resources. Although, not really actionable on its own, it is still a good starting point to learn about DevOps: what it is and why you might want to take on the task of implementing it.

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