There are some situations in which you need to trace an issue, resolve a conflict, deploy in a predictable manner, or you have to respond quickly to changes in customer requirements and technology. These situations are often unpredictable and stressful. You may suddenly find yourself fixing the same issues again and again. In a blog post series we will try to identify what struggles you may face while working with vRO and how to address them with less effort and for less time.

Struggle 1: You think you have fixed an issue and it suddenly shows up again. Later, it turns out that someone else, in a good will, has changed the same workflow fixing another issue but overriding your changes.

Struggle 2: A colleague leaves the company and now you have to support his workflow. You have no idea what this workflow is about and how it works. You spend a lot of time trying to understand it and still have some troubles with it. And on top of that, you receive a request from the customer to add a new feature or a bug fix to it.

Struggle 3: You wrote a workflow 2 years ago and now you want to extend its functionality while keeping the old features working. You do the change and send it for testing, everything is fine. A week later, the QA comes with a report and tells you about a use case scenario that does not work any more.

Struggle 4: A solution works flawlessly in your development vRO environment but it does not work in staging. So, you go through each workflow and try to find why. It is like Spot 10 Differences but instead of comparing two pictures you compare two environments, and it takes a lot of time.

Struggle 5: You have to prepare a release package, but every time you miss an action or a resource element and you try to deploy to the staging environment, the package does not work. Or you pull everything from one environment and move it to another, and you are ready 2 weeks before the release. But one feature is still not working as it turns out to be more complex than you originally thought.

If you have ever experienced any of the situations above, you will find this blog post series extremely useful. We will show you how to address these problems by using different techniques and tools. We will focus on the DevOps toolchain phases from Code to Continuous Delivery, we will not discuss how you plan what to do or how you operate the solution.

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Once you set up and configure your development environment, it will be really easy to follow the development process, as most of its steps are actually automated. In most cases, you will only interact with your development environment and when ready, you will push the changes to a source code control system, get an approval, and the fix or feature will go to production with no human intervention.

Here are some of the topics we will cover in this blog post series:

  1. Setting up Development environment and Source code control system
  2. Setting up Continuous Integration and Dependency management
  3. Setting up Continuous Delivery
  4. What principles to follow in architecting your solution and how the tools will support you
  5. Why you should write in Javascript and how to do it properly

 

Stay tuned!