We’ve received a few online, and in person questions like this, so i figured it was probably worth explaining in a little more detail.
On the Deployment server, we have a variety of applications that we deploy. From Windows .Net Services, Python, Classic ASP, CSS/JS and PHP to name a few.
We chose to standardize the interface to the Deployment server to make creating new code deployment clients simpler. Our Deployment server is essentially an on demand package creation and deployment system. Continue reading
In part 1 of this 2-part series we used a comic strip to depict Python programmers and web operations folk working together to figure out how to deploy some scientific computing to an e-commerce site. Joking aside, let’s describe exactly what were were trying to accomplish, and how we did it. Continue reading
Python is my favorite computer language for data science, but it is a poorly standardized beast when it comes to packaging, deployment, web operations, etc. There are plenty of people who are deploying Python code to the web effectively, but especially in the data science area, there is no equivalent of the LAMP stack that you can just plug in and start coding against. We have a way, among other possible ways, of solving these problems, that we think people might find useful, and I am going to describe our methods in a couple of blog posts. The first one will tell the story as a comic strip. The next one will have the code and instructions. Continue reading
As we have mentioned before, the main source control system we use at Wayfair is SVN, with TortoiseSVN as our client. One of the things we love about SVN is the ability to add commit hooks, or checks that run when someone tries to commit a file to source control. By having a few key checks we can prevent bugs, ensure consistent coding practices, and generally have a cleaner codebase.
Last January Eric Ries was kind enough to host a continuous deployment breakfast at Wayfair.
It was a great discussion, and we were happy to learn that we have independently arrived at similar conclusions over the last 9 years, and built a system that aligns closely with some of the principles that Eric advocates. The learning aspect and continuous improvement approach to the Lean Startup formula is an integral part of our method here, and why we resonate with Eric’s message.
Today Eric is back in town and speaking at an event at the Harvard i-lab.
As a way to help spread the word about continuous improvement, the Lean Startup movement and our new engineering blog describing how those fit in at Wayfair we are going to be giving away 10 copies of Eric’s book.
The first five blog posts mentioning the new engineering.wayfair.com site gets a copy of Eric’s new book. Post a comment below with a link to your post so we know where to look. To help get the word out, tweet this post and we’ll pick 5 random tweets to get books as well!