Release hell – update

Holy shit – what happened to last week?

Well our release finally made it out on Wednesday, one day late. Only caused a small outage. Oops. That’s the trouble with a release in the early hours – it might be quiet in the UK at that time, but its middle of the day in Australia. Just when is a “quiet time” when your customers are all across the globe?

I really should write up this release as a case study in how not to deploy software. Everything we could have got wrong we did: error prone manual processes, poorly documented byzantine systems, crucial business logic implemented haphazardly. You name it – we fucked it up.

I’ve gotta hand it to the team though, we stuck at it and got the release out in the end. I feel sorry for the poor IS guys that have to do the release, though – a team full of developers bitching and whining at them when they’re the only hands and feet able to do anything. That can’t be any fun at all – so I think we owe IS a few beers after this week.

Last night

Went out last night with Romi, Tim, Jo, Rosy, Jim & Sam for Tim’s birthday. Started off in a really festive bar in Camden – apparently its normally really nice, we obviously just caught them on an off night. So we left there pretty quick and headed off to Joungleurs.

The acts were really good: started off with some crazy Canadian dude and a really funny geordie lad finished up the night – not that I can remember any of their names. Ended up staying on for the disco afterwards. Much drunken dancing ensued. Hehe. Was a good night.

Ended up missing the last train home – for some reason I was certain there was a train at 1:30. Turns out it left at 1. Next train was at 5. So we ended up crashing at Tim’s.

Dragged our sorry arses back to Twyford this morning for bacon sarnies. God’s own hangover cure. So this afternoon I think I’ll sit and veg and watch the F1. Go Lewis!