Agile Development Spawns a Lexicon

By IEEE Spectrum

In his 1957 book Parkinson’s Law, and Other Studies in Administration, the naval historian and author C. Northcote Parkinson writes of a fictional committee meeting during which, after a two-and-a-half-minute nondiscussion on whether to build a nuclear reactor worth US $10 million, the members spend 45 minutes discussing the power plant’s bike shed, worth $2,350. From this he coined Parkinson’s Law of Triviality: “Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.”

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Tales of a Chef Workflow: Data Bags

By dnsimple

One of the many features of Chef is something called a Data Bag. Simply put, this allows you to store a blob of JSON based data on a Chef server that is shared across your Chef environments. If you have organizational level data that must be shared and not unique across environments, this is a great, easy system to store and retrieve this data. For this article, my example is the list of our network blocks at DNSimple.

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An Introduction to Libral, A Systems Management Library for Linux

By OpenSource.com

Libral provides a uniform management API across system resources and serves as a solid foundation for scripting management tasks and building configuration-management systems.

Linux, in keeping with Unix traditions, doesn’t have a comprehensive systems management API. Instead, management is done through a variety of special-purpose tools and APIs, all with their own conventions and idiosyncrasies. That makes scripting even simple systems-management tasks difficult and brittle.

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