Our main development management tool is Redmine. It has been since December 2010. We tried a lot of tools before settling on redmine. It was the only one that we ended up going back to and using. If, after a month of trying to use something, you end up not using it, then either you’re too set in your ways, or the tool isn’t good enough. Our journey to settling on redmine as our web based project management tool is a long and chequered one, and it all started in 2010.
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Our source code management tool of choice is Mercurial; which is a python based DVCS. We switched back in 2009 once we’d gotten fed up with CVS. There are still a few internal projects using CVS, but these days almost all the developers are using mercurial. People always ask why we never moved to subversion and generally my answer has always been because it’s not *significantly* better than CVS. Yes it is better, it might even be CVS done right (not that this is a good advertisement for subversion); but ultimately, I need to use it on the plane or during a proof of concept with no external network access and collaborative development has to take place.
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The infrastructure team that we have at Adaptris is great; but sometimes when they setup a new vm image for me, there’s some things that are not quite right. I guess it’s because I’m a very particular kind of guy when it comes to how machines are setup. I thought that I’d write about how the development machines are setup. They’re setup just so which means that I can get working on them straight away.
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I’m never really been all that interested in data manipulation; one of my stock phrases is it’s just data. From an integration perspective I might never understand the business semantics around each field in your data file. The critical part of our work is to make sure that your data gets out of System A, and gets to System B in the right format. For me, the interesting part is always understanding the esoteric limitations or complexities around the communications protocol rather than the data formatting itself. This probably goes back to messing around with protocol analyzers and gender benders (not that kind; the kind that you fit to an RS232 port) when I first started.
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Once upon a time, a very long ago now, about last Friday, I was provisioning some new VM images kindly provided to me by our infrastructure team. Apparently I have my own dedicated ESX server (admittedly running on some old hardware they had lying around) with which to play around to my heart’s content. That environment is intended to be a replacement for this server; but truth be told I haven’t had time to migrate all the services running on this machine over. In fact I’m currently having trouble making hudson run the unit tests.
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