Archives for Nicola Paolucci

Facebook has recently presented a new way to compose applications, an application architecture they named Flux. They reported that as modern web applications grow in complexity, this model eases the maintenance and the cognitive load required to develop them. I jumped in excitement (it's true!) as I immediately saw the beauty of the model. But I wanted to understand it and confirm my intuition and itch about it. I am a tinkerer at heart so with this tutorial I share my current understanding and

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Nowadays applying a fix to a project is as easy as creating a fork - which conjures up a full remote copy of the project for you to hack on - selecting the file you want to change, pressing Edit and committing your fixes. What if you are at the receiving end of a pull request (abbreviated PR in the following) instead? Using a polished web UI is great and often that's all you need. Click a button to Approve, click a button to Merge and you're done. But that's not always the case! It's a common

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If you read my blogs often, you know how excited I am about Docker. And about Git. So you can imagine my excitement over our announcement today: Docker Automated Builds are now integrated with Bitbucket! What is Docker? Simply put, Docker is the next big thing in provisioning and deployment automation. With Docker, you can define everything needed to run applications--including the OS, database, environment variables, and start/stop scripts--and save it in a text file so that image can be

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This major release of git has been brewing for a long time and I am excited to go on the hunt in the Changelog to find cool bits of awesomeness. As usual if you want to catch up with past git releases, I've been doing this exercise for a while, check them out: 1.8.2, 1.8.3, 1.8.4, 1.8.5, 1.9. This piece will necessarily cover only a selection of the release, if you want the complete list of changes and bug fixes have a look at the full Changelog. Some defaults changing: improving usability and

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git is a fantastic choice for tracking the evolution of your code base and to collaborate efficiently with your peers. But what happens when the repository you want to track is really huge? In this post I'll try to give you some ideas and techniques to deal properly with the different categories of huge. Two categories of Big repositories If you think about it there are broadly two major reasons for repositories growing massive: They accumulate a very very long history (the project grows over

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Consider the following questions: How do you handle project dependencies with git? Our project is made up of multiple inter-dependent repositories. Currently we manage those with svn:externals. What's the best way to handle those with git? How do you split a very big repository in smaller components using git? These are some examples of the most asked questions we got at the European leg of our recent Getting Git Right tour. The topic appears to be a big pain point for many software

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