Learning Continuous Integration for Databases – LA Apr 10

I’ve been talking about continuous integration for databases for a couple years now as a part of my job. My employer, Red Gate Software, has been building tools to help database developers build better software. We (Red Gate) want to sell software, but we also really want to help people build better software. It’s a big reason why I’m employed there. Red Gate truly wants to make the world a better place while we run a business.

I’ve gotten lots of interest and questions from my one hour talk and late last year Red Gate decided we needed to do more. We built some all day continuous delivery classes last year and they went over well. Over the winter, Grant, myself, and a few others at Red Gate got together and we’ve been working on adding depth to our instruction and have come up with 3 full days of training to help you build better database software, quicker.

Continuous Integration in LA

The middle class we’ve developed is an all day look at how you implement a continuous integration process with a database and application. On April 10, 2015, I’ll be coming to Los Angeles, CA, along with one of our partners, Ike Ellis, to work on a full day of training. It’s a $500 class, but you’ll walk through a couple of different ways to set up a CI process, actually perform the steps yourself, and make changes to the database that get built and tested.

We think it’s a great way to smooth out your development process and bring more engineering to the way you deploy database updates. Ike is an expert SQL Server consultant and he’ll show you how to create your own CI process. I’ll be in the background to help out, and we think you’ll gain some in depth knowledge that you can use at your job right away.

If you want to advance your database development, register today and join us in LA on April 10, 2015.


I’m excited to be a part of these classes, and I hope you are as well.

We do cover a number of Red Gate tools in the classes, but the procedures and steps are applicable to other methods of accomplishing the same tasks. Even if you choose to use other tools, or write your own, the skills we teach you will be applicable.

I wouldn’t write my own, however. I’d easily burn the cost of the tools many times over trying to iron out the bugs in my own process.

The Continuous Delivery Process

The whole idea of continuous delivery is that you can make changes at anytime. It isn’t sloppy work, untested development, or anything else. This is a way to bring more engineering to software development, and I really believe in it.

It’s not easy, however, and that’s why we’ve built three days of training. We cover these items in the three days.

  • Day 1 – Version Control for Databases
  • Day 2 – Continuous Integration for Databases
  • Day 3 – Automated Deployment

We haven’t set these up all in one week, mainly because it’s too much information for you at once. Ideally we want to tour around, running one of these classes each quarter, because it will take you a few months to implement the information and understand it.

If you get past these courses, we’re also partnering with expert ALM consultancy shops that can help you even more.

We’ve got a number of all day events coming up for you to consider, so check out our list of training days. We’re adding more all the time, and let us know if you want us to come to your area.

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