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 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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Achieving Zero Downtime Deployment

I am trying to achieve zero downtime deployments so I can deploy less during off hours and more during "slower" hours - or anytime, in theory. My current setup, somewhat simplified: Web Server A (....
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How do you update your production codebase/database schema without causing downtime?

What are some techniques for updating a production server's code base / database schema without causing any downtime?
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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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What do update versions really mean?

A lot of software updates follow the scheme of v0.1 to v0.2 to v2.6.5.6. What do these "updates" to software really mean? Is there an industry standard always followed or do programmers pretty much ...
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Should I release source code to fix bug

I have a bug in my application that I'm building. I asked a question on S.O. and one of the users asked me to post or send all the code to him so he could look at it. I totally understand the ...
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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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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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Do Windows Installers for internal business applications make sense?

I'm trying to build a general understanding for what's common in this situation so that I can decide if it makes sense to pursue it further. Are installers welcome in a typical corporate environment ...
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Should I deploy 32-bit only or both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows?

I have a cross-platform application written in a compiled language. For Linux it is customary to have both amd64 and i386 builds available to user, so user can choose version, suitable for its ...
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How can we keep track of which version of our code is in each environment?

My team currently uses a fairly simple branching/deployment process that looks like this: ┌────────┐ ┌────┐ ┌──────┐ Environments: │ DEV │ │ QA │ │ PROD │ └───────...
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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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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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What is the difference between `update` and `upgrade`

What is the difference between update and upgrade in the context of application software?
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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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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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Zero Downtime Deployment - Transitional Db Schema

Achieving Zero Downtime Deployment touched on the same issue but I need some advice on a strategy that I am considering. Context A web-based application with Apache/PHP for server-side processing ...
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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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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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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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Jenkins to automate deployment of ASP.NET applications

Is there any possibility to automate/semi-automate deployments of ASP.NET web applications using Jenkins. It can be under controlled or uncontrolled environments, for uncontrolled user needs to enter ...
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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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After breaking our code into reusable bits, how do we test and deploy?

We started out with one developer, and one svn repo containing all our code: ^/foo/trunk/module-a ^/foo/trunk/module-b ^/foo/trunk/module-b/submodule-b1 ^/foo/trunk/website1 (at the time this was a ...
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DB migration and Azure deployment slots

I'm planning to push a new web application to an Azure Web App Service (former Azure Website). I'd like to make use of the deployment slots to be able to test my deployment before pushing it to ...
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Using an Apt Repository for Paid Software Updates

I'm trying to determine a way to distribute software updates for a hosted/on-site web application that may have weekly and/or monthly updates. I don't want the customers who use the on-site product to ...
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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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Describe the best deployment environment you've worked with [closed]

The Joel Test includes the question: Can you make a build in one step? Which is important, but I'm wondering, how streamlined have some of the deployment processes been? All software from ...
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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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Why should we NOT do frequent deployment in PROD or to test server?

I was instructed by my project manager that frequent deployment in PROD or to test server should be avoided. But I don't understand why? We roll our testing copy to PROD on every sprint end but ...
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Managing large number of app.config files

We have many windows services and web apps which all rely on a lot of common settings. Currently we use just appSettings as needed and they are referenced by key. Some of the settings are app ...
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ASP.NET deployment/maintenance best practices

I have been in the web development industry for around 5 years now, always working in an open source environment. Mostly apache, mysql, and php with a little bit of ruby, using git for version control....
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Deployment: Best Practices (and real practices) [closed]

One thing that I've learnt in my short dev career is that there are best practices (like TDD) and then there are actual practices that occur under pressure, or through budgetary/time constraints. 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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Where do the responsibilities of build tools end and those of CI tools start? [duplicate]

In the delivery of software, and within the sense of the deployment pipeline, where do the responsibilities of build tools, like Maven, end, and the responsibilities of CI start? As a rough example ...
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Best practices for managing deployment of code from dev to production servers?

I am hoping to find an easy tool or method, that allow's managing our code deployment. Here are the features I hope this solution has: Either web-based or batch file, that given a list of files, ...
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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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How do open source projects deal with complex setup and deployment?

At most of my corporate clients they have very complex systems with multiple entities to be deployed and tested. (e.g. client software, user database, system, database, identity manager application, ...
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Support Multiple versions of Mobile apps

We are building a suite of native mobile applications to supplement our existing application that currently only supports a web interface to the server. The application can be installed and hosted by ...
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Why don't companies ship multiple modules within a mobile app? Are there concerns about tight coupling?

Preface: My question does not exclusively pertain to Google and it doesn't exclusively pertain to iOS. I'm only using Google and iOS as examples because they are familiar to many. I could have just as ...
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how to convince team and project manager that post-launch deployments are okay for new features

We have a site that launched and is "feature-complete", we've done all that the client has asked for and fixed a few bugs post-launch. However, I noticed that our site's home page is using 100 SQL ...
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How to structure many projects that can be versioned and deployed separately

My team is in a situation where we need to create about 30 different processors. By processors I mean code that takes data from a DB and sends it to a remote service somewhere else in the world. They ...
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Why isn't there a private deployment option for the .NET framework? [closed]

Here are reasons why one would want this: 1) We often don't use all the dlls but we force customers to install the entire .NET framework. It would be great to just deploy the dlls we need. 2) We ...
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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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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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Is it legal to put `FSharp.Core.dll` from FSharp redistributable package?

Is it legal to put FSharp.Core.dll from FSharp Redist Package into my application package and redistribute it with my application? I couldn't find any information about this.
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Can I implement a payment feature in my own software?

Note: I spent some time thinking about this question before choosing which StackExchance site to post it on. I have decided on this domain because of the description: "For professional programmers ...
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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 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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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 ...
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Versioning and deploying dependent systems

I need some best practices or experiences of developer teams who had to treat the same issues I have at the moment =) Our company is developing a client software for years. The one and only ...