October 2011 Entries

DropkicK–Deploy Fluently

DropkicK (DK) has been in development for over two years and has been used for production deployments for over a year. Dru Sellers originally posted about DK back in 2009. While DK isn’t yet as super easy to grok as some of the other ChuckNorrisFramework tools and offers little in the idea of conventions, it is still a stellar framework to use for deployments. DK works well in environments where you know all of the environments you will deploy to ahead of time (although not required due to the ability ......

RoundhousE–Intelligent Database Migrations And Versioning

“Because everyone wants to kick their database, but sometimes kicking your database is a good thing!” Many would not argue that you should version your code, and few would argue against versioning your code in a way that can lead back to a specific point in source control history. However, most people don’t really think of doing the same thing with your database. That’s where RoundhousE (RH) comes in. I have been working on RH for over two years now and people always wander what it is, why and what ......

Let’s Get Chocolatey! Kind of like apt-get for Windows

“If only there was some way to quickly and silently install applications and tools on my windows machine.” Chocolatey is kind of like an apt-get, but for Windows. It is a machine level package manager that is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure. Jason Jarrett recently described it as the free/OSS windows app store. What that means for you is that you can install and update software (applications and tools) on your machine with a few keystrokes and chocolatey does the rest! ......