No one misses their high-school days. Seriously. This isn’t some Hollywood chick-flick where everyone looks like a Vogue Model. Most of the time, you, as a teenager would look more like Shrek or something out of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic than Brendan Fraser from the MUMMY franchise.
And if there is something that totally appals me about my high school memories, then those are those pesky team projects.
I hated those. Half of the time someone will forget something, others will get viral, someone’s mom just got sick, and in the end, we had to do all the work ourselves. Now imagine all that crap followed you into adulthood. Plus add on the fact that you’re in an app development field.
And here’s the kicker. Now you guys will be PAID in order to suffer together. But if you’re able to work as a team and build something worthwhile, well then consider that you’ve just hit a lottery son.
That’s right, I am here to talk about DevOps.
How it all started
In the ancient time of 2007, the I.T. communities in the world got fed up with the traditional software development model. For those who don’t know, in the traditional software development model, all the work is scattered around different departments.
That means, if you’re a developer, then you will work apart from the operations who were there to support your code.
Talk about in-efficiency.
For people who are not App developers, here’s an example. Let’s say you go to buy a cake. You go into a bakery and you see, everything is happening differently. The cream is being added in a different portion while half of your cake is still being baked.
Not a good sight, right?
Now imagine all of that, but add in multi-million-dollar investments. Ouch.
So to counter all these issues, DevOps was formulated as a solution
What does DevOps Even Do?
DevOps is basically a model of development where the departments are no longer apart from each other, but rather, are a “part” of each other. Get it? Yeah, it wasn’t funny but I get full marks for trying.
In DevOps, all the teams now merge together to work as an interdisciplinary team where everyone works together. Sort of like the Megazord from power rangers. This also works in favour as now the teams that apply DevOps also need to use various tools that improve their efficiency.
On top of all that, the tools that are used, help in tracking and analysing various important aspects of the development model. Right from the birth to the end of the line.
What is DevOps Life Cycle Model?
If you remember our previous article on life cycle development model,
you’ll see that there are various phases when it comes to the SDLC. Well, the DevOps Life Cycle Model also works the same way. Kind off…
And we are starting off with
a: Creation of a plan.
“I am man with a plan”
Somebody somewhere who I forgot.
You’re only as good as the weakest link of your plan. So, in order to improve your chances of success, it is of paramount importance that you develop a strategic plan when working on DevOps.
This is where integrating other approaches starts to work in your favour. In this case, many developers now prefer using the Agile method. Why do you ask? Well, it allows for breaking down work into smaller chunks, thus making work more manageable.
When the work is broken down into chunks, the team can also work at a more efficient phase.
b: Creation of the build:
Once the plan is set, you need to start working on it. This includes all the various aspects of creation, especially from the start and from the scratch. Do not be afraid of using different tools in your arsenal to make things easy for you.
In DevOps, innovation is the name of the game. DevOps itself was formed as an innovative tool that allows more flexibility while not compromising on excellence.
Some of the open-source tools include Git. Feel free to check it out online.
c: Integrating and improvising.
No compromising on improvising, as they always do. Okay no one says that, I just made it up, but you get the idea, right?
When you are working with a team to develop something, then ideas are like stocks. The more you collect them, the better in the long run.
And as with a team, you need to work together to do anything and everything, be it fixing bugs, changing codes, creating codes, etc.
d: Analyse and Monitor.
We are humans. Mistakes are part of the game no matter which field you choose. But that doesn’t mean you get to sit lazily while your project is going to crap. This phase mostly focuses on finding out fault lines, mistakes, weak links and resolving them as quickly as possible.
e: Operation and maintenance
You need to learn how to manage stuff. Period. Be it end-to-end operations or any other things. This is why working in a multiskilled environment is so important. This way, you get to work on different facets of development and all the included support system that you need to build in order to create something amazing.
f: Revisions and feedback.
Remember our point D? Yeah, this is the same but this time it’s for life. Just joking. The main idea behind constant feedback is that you can get immense data to improvise and adapt as per the needs and situations.
Well, apart from improved efficiency, higher quality, more security, and speedy delivery, some of the other pros of DevOps include in general happier developers. Yes, I know you don’t think a happy developer is possible, but it is. They have feelings too.
The cons, though not many, do include the fact that now you have to work in a team.
Not a very difficult choice in my opinion