Deployment is all of the activities that make a software system available for use. Questions relating to deploying software go under this tag.

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How to handle this unfortunately non hypothetical situation with end-users?

I work in a medium sized company but with a very small IT force. Last year (2011), I wrote an application that is very popular with a large group of end-users. We hit a deadline at the end of last ...
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Generating CMakeLists.txt [closed]

I got a bunch of C++ sources files and headers. They may use external libraries such as Boost e.g. I am interested in the process of building binaries for Windows and *nix. Makefiles (*nix) and ...
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Deploying a very simple application

I have a very simple working console application written in C++ linked with a light static library. It is just for testing purposes. Now that the coding part is done, I would like to know the process ...
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Release Management versions control?

We recently experienced a deployment issue where it turned out that the version objects were not in sync in one of the environments. We have a large database group and different teams have different ...
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TFS non-chronological deployment?

We have the following scenario: Changeset #1 is some unfinished buildable checkin Changeset #2 is a completed small task .. Changset #5 completes the work done at CS#1 They all affect the same ...
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Who should get a developer certificate from Apple if client want their company name to show up in App Store

I am about start my first project with client, However I will work as a consultant. So do I need to get developer certificate and post my client's app in app store? Or I should ask my client to get ...
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How do you deploy your ASP.Net MVC3 application to the production server?

I just want to find out the best practice to deploy your MVC3 application and what tool you use to get the job done. I am using Visual Studio 2010. I publish my web site, then manually backup whats ...
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How do companies keep websites hidden when in development?

I am new to this and also a new 19 year old PHP developer that just got hired so I am unsure as to how this works. Many companies when developing their websites keep their sites hidden from being ...
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How to include database changes during application publish

I am maintaining a WinForms application, which talks to a SQL Server database. Sometimes I have to change database schema (for example to alter a sql procedure or add new one). For this purpose I have ...
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Good practices for packaging Python programs

I've been using Python for a while now, both in the context of personal and professional projects. One thing that occured to me recently is that I had never thought about a good way to deploy Python ...
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What is Global Delivery Model?

Many software companies preach in their Website Banners: "Global Delivery Model". Has it anything to do with Deployment?
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What are the design decisions involved in choosing how to expose a Java web application?

There are many ways to expose a Java web application to the consumer: application container (JBoss etc), servlet container (Tomcat etc), OSGi (Knopflerfish etc), self-executable WAR (Winstone etc) and ...
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Web application deployment and Dependencies

I have a free software web application that using other free software scripts for appearance. I have trouble to decide whether should I copy source code of used scripts to my project main repository ...
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As a Europe-based company, is it possible to write a custom iPad application for a customer?

Our customer wants us to write a custom application for him that he can use on a handful of iPads in his company. This application is probably only useful for this one customer (maybe for two or three ...
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Do you have regularly schedule app updates? And if so how do you handle bugs that make it out?

We are trying to make our releases more frequent. As part of that we have blocked out a day of the week where we told users that we'll be doing updates. Similar how Microsoft has Patch Tuesday. This ...
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Software bundle containing LGPL libraries as Java Fat-Jar Archive

At work, we're deploying a software bundle of a Java application (written by us) which has lots of external dependencies, most of them being LGPL and BSD-licensed third-party-libraries distributes as ...
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How do software engineers deploy applications?

Interested to know how people deploy software to their customers I have the following requirements: Customers on various OS's prob. linux and Windows Can't release the source code Ideally want ...
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Is MySQL viable for small-medium business applications

After having worked with a Microsoft stack - VB.Net, ASP.Net, SQL Server - for the past 10 years, we are now faced with having to develop an application for both Windows and Mac environments. It has ...
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Deployment Tools that Integrate with TFS? [closed]

So I have this issue. The Operations team where I work has taken over TFS because they are using MS Build to build and deploy code to production servers. As a result developers have lost A LOT of ...
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Are we always supposed to create a setup to deploy or application?

I have recently developed an application in C# which is supposed to run within the environment of the company i work for. I could technically generate a Setup or use ClickOnce to handle the ...
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How do I Integrate Production Database Hot Fixes into Shared Database Development model? [duplicate]

We are using SQL Source Control 3, SQL Compare, SQL Data Compare from RedGate, Mercurial repositories, TeamCity and a set of 4 environments including production. I am working on getting us to a ...
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What is the easiest and cheapest way to distribute apple iOS enterprise app?

I work as a developer in a company, The company I work with has to deploy the app I made to their client. Number of clients are 3 and each client has around 100 iPads. Now my question is, What ...
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How to incrementally update a database when deploying a website?

We use JSF over Tomcat along with a backing proprietary DB. I want to know how the addition of new database fields or/and stored procedures should be handled when we deploy a new version of the ...
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Best Practice: strategy regarding Website Projects and versioning

What are the best practices and strategy for designing and developing a website? The key parts I want considered are: DLL deployment IIS publishing project versioning namespace Please answer ...
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Large Ecommerce Site Topology and Deployment Guidelines

Problem I am a lead engineer for a highly trafficked eCommerce website (upwards of 1m page views an hour). For various reasons we have the opportunity to rebuild large portions of our ...
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Shipping test code as a form of sanity check

Have you ever shipped test code (JUnit, NUnit etc) with your application that could be runnable by the end-user ? Basic Idea is this : The application can be deployed in a varied environment and it ...
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Should the deploy script be an artifact of the build?

This is a web project written in Java. So, I'm writing the build and the deploy scripts. To create the build, I used ant. The continuous build is done with Jenkins. The build generates 3 different ...
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Should developers do their own software releases (if there is a prod support team in place)?

I know there are going to always be differences depending on the particular size, staff etc, but i wanted to get feedback in general around: In an environment where you have a production support team ...
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How can I share my python scripts with my less python-savvy business person partner?

I'm taking financial mathematics as an elective, and I'm working with real life finance industry worker type people. It's actually kind of fun. When I pulled out a macbook at one of our meetings, I ...
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How to maintain a demo version of an application?

I need to be able to demo our production application to prospective clients. The way I have it setup today is simple. The demo application is an exact duplicate of the production system, except that ...
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Deploy multiple emails to email providers, but without showing favouritism

We are currently developing a new email deployment system. We have the system currently configured so that it reads a record from the database and loads the email content and deploys it to the ...
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How can I automate production deployments without experiencing extreme anxiety?

At our shop we use SVN for source control and CruiseControl for CI on handling automatic builds and deployments to our development, test, and integration environments. This all works smoothly however ...
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Agile development deployment process. Where do QA and Business Owners test?

I've been reading up a lot lately on various web application deployment processes using SVN or GIT, with a view to redesigning how we currently deploy where I work. As is the way with many flavours ...
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Using a TFS Build Process Template (Workflow) for Deployment

I'm thinking of using TFS Build workflows for complex deployments. We have some that may need to deploy: Web applications and services Database SSRS Reports SSIS Packages Who knows what else I ...
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Why do Chrome and Adobe use “download wizards” to install software?

Why do software companies use download wizards for large files instead of letting users download the file directly? Is it so the user does not get discouraged by the waiting time, or is it something ...
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dbdeploy (phing) and development teams

Does anyone here use dbdeploy (phing) in a commands? If so - how do you manage the migrations? Let's suppose we have 2 different features developed in different branches of mercurial repository ...
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What can you do to decrease the number of deployment bugs of a live website?

I'm sure lots of you have experienced this problem. A website or web application is running and is live. You want to upload the next version, but you haven't figured out everything, like setting a ...
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Are there technical reasons for an immediate update following a fresh download/install?

I've had this happen in all sorts of software products: You purchase a software product, download it, install it, and then after the install, the program immediately begins downloading an update or a ...
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Is it acceptable to deploy web app to production directly from SVN

Question Is there a legitimate reason NOT to use SVN for production deploys, or is this merely a case of personal preference and there is no real case against SVN? Background My workplace has a ...
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How to structure multiple overlapping solutions / projects in .Net?

I recently started out working for a new client with an old legacy codebase in which there are multiple .net solutions, each typically hosts some projects unique to that solution but then "borrows" / ...
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Is it possible to deploy Perl or Python scripts in the same way as PHP scripts?

PHP's deployment model is uber simple: upload and run. This is especially ideal for web applications that are intended to be installed on shared hosting by end users (think: Wordpress). Compare this ...
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Which deployment technologies makes sense in Continuous Deployment?

In my understanding a major point in Continuous Deployment is (well, obviously I guess) that deployment is automatically done as a part of the building process. Conceptually it is easy to understand ...
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Managing DLL files, deployment, and ease of use for the end user

I've been thinking recently about being an end-user who wishes to download one of my own projects and use it on a perfectly average machine. Having an equal background in Unix as well as Windows, I ...
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How do you update live web sites with code changes?

I know this is a very basic question. If someone could humor me and tell me how they would handle this, I'd be greatful. I decided to post this because I am about to install SynchToy to remedy the ...
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Whole Solution Complexity … vs Development Complexity

I am generally a PHP Developer that deals in a few different MVC frameworks. I am being tempted (like most) to break out of my comfortable LAMP environment in pursuit of a "prettier" and "more ...
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Is it possible to create and distribute an app for the BlackBerry Playbook that doesn't go into App World?

My company is looking to create an app that we'll use internally on several (about 20) BlackBerry Playbooks. We don't want it to be put up on App World because it's just an internal application. I'm ...
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Should deployment errors constitute a build failure?

Our software uses in-house written deployment software due to the complexity of the product. As part of our current QA (not dev) build process (using more in-house software) we compile the code, patch ...
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Customer wants to modify the .properties files packaged in our WAR file

I have a customer who wants the ability to modify the .properties files packaged in the web applications WAR file so that they have the control to modify environments at settings. They will be ...
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What is an Enterprise/Automated Deployment tool?

What is an Enterprise/Automated Deployment tool, and how would it be used? Examples would be a plus, but please don't turn this into a list. What are the key factors that should be evaluated when ...
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Builds, continuous integration and deployment for python projects?

Could you please tell me which tools are used in python to build projects, as well as which continuous integration servers are used and how to deploy projects to the server? What I mean is web ...