Our company deploys code into production primarily from our version control system. I suppose all companies do, in some way or another. We endured a long hell with CVS and a far shorter stint in the purgatory of Subversion before we went into the heavenly light of Git.
The way we do it is to tag various branches destined for certain groups of machines, archive a snapshot, then copy those out to where they belong. This is all partially automated by an awesome (if somewhat Byzantine) home-grown software suite that I inherited once the original author left for (at least literally) greener pastures in the Pacific northwest.
I'm not normally in charge of deployment, but since I "own" the software now and the usual dude is on a well-deserved vacation, this week I'm handling the once-weekly scheduled deploy and the multitude of little tweaks that absolutely positively must go out immediately.
Our regular deployment manager sends out hand-written emails when he starts a test deploy, initiates the production deploy, then a final one when everything is finished. Myself, being a hacker, just can't stomach the thought of not having something like that automated. Thus, I dug into the command that prints the deployment status of all servers and hacked it up to be slightly more informative and email-friendly, so I could just copy-and-paste its output to an email.
Then I thought, as all hackers think, "Wouldn't it be cool if I could include a link to Gitweb that shows the exact changes that occurred since the previous deploy?" I know the previous version commit-ish deployed to each server, and of course I know the new one, so I could do it quite easily with a simple git command.
However, I didn't want to just slap that command in there so someone could (and likely never would) issue it within their cloned repo. I wanted a simple clickable link to Gitweb. Anyway, the query ends up being something like this, tacked onto your own Gitweb URL, of course:
Where hp is the previous commit-ish and h is the usual "current" commit-ish argument.
The next step was to group all the servers by common changes so there's only one diff link per group, and next I might try adding an --email-to option to send the email, skipping the copy-and-paste.
...and then I'll work on the bugs.
We've been trying a "cash budgeting" system for a few months now, and it's going pretty well. That is, it covers our variable expenses. I still use a bank account dedicated to relatively fixed expenses such as rent, utilities, membership dues, and minimum credit card payments. Most of those are paid automatically, pulled directly from the account.
Unfortunately, there are two places where the system falls short. This isn't so much because of any flaw in the idea of cash budgeting, but due to our limited funds.
The first is that we don't have anything left over to pay down the debt besides the aforementioned minimums. I'll be relying on my annual bonus to hack away at that fecking demon.
The second is "unexpected" expenses. We didn't fully account for birthdays or other special occasions and gifts. "Gifts" for us mostly means for the kids (and the increasingly frequent parties they attend), since we don't usually give them otherwise. School lunches we could roll into groceries, so that's not so bad.
However, there are those big ones that hit you now and again. Although we do have a "Car" envelope (cash allotted for each expense goes into an olde-fashioned paper envelope), it builds over time. Over the past week, my front driver-side tire has been angrily grinding under 20MPH. I finally took the day off today to get it into the shop. It's the brakes. And the rusted calipers. And over $600.
We ain't got that much in the envelope.
So, it'll probably go on the credit card we just managed to pay off, with last year's bonus, and I'll try to pay it off again with the two "bonus paychecks" a year direct-deposited into the dedicated bill-paying account.
Oh, and I put about ten bucks on the same card for Star Wars miniatures from Miniature Market in an attempt to find one suitable to represent my scoundrel in our Star Wars Saga campaign. Of course, since these are mostly under a dollar each, I had to buy a dozen or so to avoid paying more for shipping than for the actual merchandise. Maybe I'll post a picture when they get here.
That's not irresponsible spending, is it? $10 for my only hobby?
Back to "working from home" and waiting for the car.