Testing your infrastructure is as important as testing your application code


Yahya Poonawala and Siddharth Kulkarni through this post share the importance of infrastructure testing, and their topic “Do DevOps like Lance Armstrong!”.

The pricing aspect

The cost of a bug, or of introducing structural inflexibility to the underpinning infrastructure on which your business runs, is potentially even greater than that of a bug in the application code itself. An error in the infrastructure could lead to the entire system becoming compromised or could result in an outage rendering all dependent systems unavailable. And that is why testing your infrastructure is as important as testing your application code.

What is Testing?

Testing is the hallmark of product quality.  Without a testing sign-off, no feature would be promoted to higher environments.  Shouldn’t this apply to the infrastructure as well? To check if your environment is capable and stable to host and test your application.

Why sholud you attend?

The talk aims to discuss and demonstrate concepts of why testing your infrastructure is important, what does it involve and how it can be done. Also, certain tools and techniques for achieving the same will be discussed.

The talk is accompanied with an exciting group activity which will help us deep-dive into what exactly needs to be tested in the infrastructure.

Join Yahya Poonawala and Siddharth Kulkarni talk on “Do DevOps like Lance Amstrong!” at XP Conference India 2016 on the 19th-20th August 2016 at Bangalore.

Why should you send developers to XP Conference India?

XPConference India 2016 is hardly a month away.If you are an engineering manager or director who has developers working in their group, try to answer these questions.

  • Do you know if your developers know how to write Zero Defect Well tested software?
  • Do they know how to write unit tests at all layers of software?
  • Do they work as one team to delivery clean code?
  • Do they know what clean code means?

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 4.35.48 PMMore than 60 percent of the cost in a product is not in building it, but in its maintenance. We also have to keep adding new features to an ever growing code base. This problem becomes only worse when you have hundreds of people working on a common code base.  XP Conference focuses mostly on one thing – Clean Code and Extreme Programming Practices.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship was a book written by Robert Martin many years ago. Folks like Martin Fowler, Dave Thomas who is the author of the wonderful book Pragmatic Programer , Dr Venkat Subramaniam have been talking about these concepts for decades. However new developers are created every year who come from engineering schools where none of these concepts are taught that well.

This conference focuses on –How to be a professional developer or tester.  

Two days of keyboard driven sessions are broadly into three categories

Listen, See ,Practice

There are three tracks for two days. Totally there are more than a dozen topics to learn from, 9 workshops and a large DevJam session to put everything into practice.

Speakers are all active developers or leaders who actually work daily with developers. One can’t go wrong spending two days with developers who love to code well.

Meet the practitioners announced so far – http://xpconference.in/2016/speakers/

What is my return in this conference?

As a manager or L&D manager, you will benefit by teaching developers skills that they gain by interacting with experts who have been practicing for many years. Each session has been carefully chosen to make sure they are relevant for our attendees and the work they do.

Attendees can learn skills like TDD, Refactoring, Continuous Delivery, DevOps , BDD etc. under one roof. Each of these workshops otherwise would cost hundreds of dollars to attend.

Why am I paying INR 12000/- per person? 

XP Conference is an event for the community and curated by the community. There is not profit making objective behind it nor is it a marketing or sales event. However, we still do incur certain costs to run such an event. While the cost of each workshop itself itself could run into hundreds on dollars or more than INR 20000/-, you get so much more by just helping us cover the costs. If you are not sure ask our last year’s participants who coded in joy for two days.

Reach us at contact@xpconference.in for any question we can answer.