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Thread: Whats your current web development deployment strategy?

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    WDF Staff m3n0tu18's Avatar
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    Whats your current web development deployment strategy?

    I'm interested in knowing what other peoples website deployment strategy and programs used are. Mine is currently

    ANT Build scripts to:
    - Minify CSS and JS (AKA Preflight)
    - Allow a dry run to the server with RSync (to help get an idea on what files are being published)
    - Deploy the whole website from your local file system or Git Repo to the live server
    - Settings for Dev, Staging and Proofing as well as Live (ask me if you don't know what they are)
    - Clean the .build folder (used in case old files were to be transfered up)
    - The ability to backup and restore your whole website and databases

    Netbeans to:
    - To quickly develop the website / application
    - Organise your project
    - Test on a browser of your choice where you make a change and it instantly happens live on the browser

    Vagrant or Laravel to:
    - Deploy to a DEV test environment

    Full DEV to outside environment to:
    - Show clients what the site is going to look like while sitting on my servers.

    Sourcetree to:
    - Set up git local network repo's
    - Branch off of the master branch to work on an issue
    - Merging and tracking the data.

    Redmine Ticket system to:
    - Keep a full track and time of issues/features/bugs etc to do with the web project.
    - Allow you and your client to keep a consistent logged ticket correspondence (IE: They raise the issue, you work on it and re assign ticket to them, they close issue)

    Just a few bits and pieces of my development environment.

    Love to know what you guys environments are. Its quite intriguing actually, especially TheGAMES :P

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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    It's not that complicated. Then again, it doesn't need to be. It really varies depending on the client, but the general environment is this:

    Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web/VS Express for Desktop 2013 to develop the site/application
    My own dev server set up here, with RAID1 and Dropbox as an SVN...I pay $100/year for the upgrade since I use more than 2GB anyway, so there's no point installing anything else
    Nothing really to minify CSS/JS, although I do plan on building something at some point...since most of my CSS/JS is hand-coded, it's really not worth much to me to do that

    FileZilla to upload to a portion of my server or the client's server for dev/testing the case of my server, it also has RAID1 and a third hard drive that is automatically backed up to every 12 hours

    My own custom time tracker that lets me track/bill hours, with an application that generates/emails the bills once a month; takes about 5 minutes to generate the bills on the fly as RTF files and email them to each client
    Email/phone for issues; tried a ticket system and none of my clients ever used it, so it was pointless

    I'm not big on using a lot of tools myself. I would rather allocate resource to the projects using the tools I have. But that's me. I don't think I work like other people. I catered my process to my clients and the way they operate, not the other way around.
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