Maturing Your Database Development Process–Version Control

At Redgate Software, we have a progression of the stages of a database development pipeline. These are the various ways in which you can better engineer your database development to ensure smoother releases to production, with less issues. There are five stages:

  • Manual (S0)
  • Source Control (S1)
  • Continuous Integration (S2)
  • Release Management (S3)
  • Monitoring (S4)

As I travel around, speaking on these topics, I find many people working in development stops that are really at the S0 level.

For databases, that is. For their .NET or Java or PHP software, quite a few are at S2, and maybe working towards S3 in many projects.

That’s a disconnect, and it’s one that we’d like to see changed at Redgate. Certainly we can help and we’d like you to use our products, but more, we want to see better development all around.

We’re Trying to Help New York City

In a few weeks, on August 27, 2015, I’ll be in New York to help teach our Database Source Control workshop. Ike Ellis (Crafting Bytes) is teaching the class, and I’ll be there to support him and run the labs. This is a course that Grant Fritchey, myself, and a few others at Redgate Software have built.

This is the chance to learn how your organization can implement version control for your database, just as most of your developers probably already have for the other software you write.

We’ll cover setting up Source Control, deploying changes from versions, branching, merging, and more. This is a great hands-on introduction to stabilizing your database development. We’ll provide a VM with labs that you will actually complete.

We’ve put this first step to building a DLM pipeline on sale for $100. If you’re close to NYC, consider taking a day off and joining us at the Microsoft office in Manhattan for a little database education.

If you can’t make this workshop, look through our schedule and join us somewhere at a future time.

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