DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #460 - 20th October 2019

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Lots of posts this week covering topics as wide ranging as infrastructure as code, team culture, security testing and static analysis, metrics, on-call and more.

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News

We often talk about the importance of teams when discussing devops practices, This post explains some of the common problems organisations face as they try and move embracing a team culture vs individual incentives.
https://agileoutloud.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/towards-a-culture-of-teams/

Testing for security alongside testing for functionality isn’t a new idea, although it’s only now becoming more popular. This post (written by yours truly) looks at the different tradeoffs involved in deciding where in the SDLC to test, based on feedback, coverage and cost.
https://snyk.io/blog/container-security-throughout-the-sdlc/

Some interesting thoughts on both the importance of infrastructure as code and its potential evolution into higher-level reusable architecture components.
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/containers/containers-and-infrastructure-as-code-like-peanut-butter-and-jelly/

A solid side-by-side comparison of CloudFormation and Terraform, with a focus on AWS management.
https://medium.com/@cep21/after-using-both-i-regretted-switching-from-terraform-to-cloudformation-8a6b043ad97a

An introduction to the power of metrics, specifically looking at getting started with Prometheus from the point of view of a developer or operator producing/consuming metrics.
https://tech.showmax.com/2019/10/prometheus-introduction/

A good argument for deploying the simplest possible application end-to-end as quickly as possible, with a useful discussion of counter arguments and how to respond to them.
https://blog.thepete.net/blog/2019/10/04/hello-production/

A useful getting started post on Kubernetes manifests that has some tips for old timers as well. Using kubectl explain to introduce the main resources and how to find the correct property is a nice idea.
https://prefetch.net/blog/2019/10/16/the-beginners-guide-to-creating-kubernetes-manifests/

An in-depth post on DNS security, looking at DNSSEC, DNS over HTTPS and the various actors and threats involved.
https://www.netmeister.org/blog/doh-dot-dnssec.html

Good post on evolving an on-call rota. Especially as teams launch more and more services, and organisations grow in size, it’s important to constantly improve critical processes like on-call.
https://www.intercom.com/blog/rapid-response-how-we-developed-an-on-call-team-at-intercom

Interesting post on the benefits of various static analysis techniques for large code bases.
https://instagram-engineering.com/static-analysis-at-scale-an-instagram-story-8f498ab71a0c

A look at three handy dashboard tools for working locally with Docker containers and images.
https://medium.com/ssense-tech/my-docker-support-stack-58b1e67f5f4f

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Events

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