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Continuous Delivery and DevOps – A Quickstart Guide - Second Edition by Paul Swartout

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Developing against a production-like environment

As we've mentioned previously, there are many ways to ensure that a software change will play nicely when it is deployed to the production platform. By far the easiest is to actually develop and test against an environment that is as close to your production environment as possible.

The utopia would, of course, be to develop and test against the production environment, but this is very risky, and the possibility that you could cause outage—albeit inadvertently—is quite high. Therefore, having an environment that closely resembles the production environment is the next best thing.

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As mentioned previously, there are tools available to allow developers (or anyone who wants to) to spin up a virtual ...

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