I go through my RSS reader every morning. Yes, I’m obsessive about it. I star or otherwise note good articles for blogging later. Rarely does a quick hit make me blog immediately, but this one did it.
Chuck Rossi, a release engineer at Facebook, posted an entry on the Facebook Engineering public blog. It has little details, but talks about how they release code. The developers do it with virtually no phase-gating (re: classic waterfall).
Key quote: “changes you make in the code will be in front of your mom and 175 million other people in less than 60 minutes.”
Full article: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=59150988919.
This follows a post by an IMVU developer last week, on how they often deploy to production every 15 minutes! (That’s not a typo). See Tim Fitz‘s blog post here: http://timothyfitz.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/continuous-deployment-at-imvu-doing-the-impossible-fifty-times-a-day/.
Rock on, Facebook and IMVU! I hope we’ll be able to do the same.