1-click deploy

We just added 1-click deploy from Subversion to poorbuthappy.com. It’s the first time I have that available, so no fudging with FTP-ing changed files or command-line crap. And it ROCKS!

The first time I read about the importance of 1-click deploy was at Joel’s website, (he calls it 1-click build) and then later in the Flickr Scaling Websites book. Now I finally have it. It rocks. Maybe we’ll open-source that. Here’s a screenshot of the admin screen:


Of Joel’s rules for good software, we now do many:

  1. Do you use source control? YES
  2. Can you make a build in one step? YES
  3. Do you make daily builds? No, but it’s not relevant.
  4. Do you have a bug database? YES
  5. Do you fix bugs before writing new code? Mmmmm..
  6. Do you have an up-to-date schedule? Not relevant.
  7. Do you have a spec? No, except for large features.
  8. Do programmers have quiet working conditions? Yes.
  9. Do you use the best tools money can buy? No money involved.
  10. Do you have testers? No.
  11. Do new candidates write code during their interview? Not relevant.
  12. Do you do hallway usability testing? YES.

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