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Eric Ries has posted another fascinating article on continuous deployment, which is one of his more controversial (and brilliant, in my opinion) proposals.

To me, continuous deployment seems like a great idea for any start-up or environment where the value of fast iteration is more important than absolute stability (although stability is quite creatively addressed via the use of split testing in the production environment.)

Check out the article on why CD is worth using at http://startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-continuous-deployment.html and decide for yourself; unfortunately I’m not in a place right now where I can put this into practice, but as soon as I get back to a start-up or an immature product I’ll definitely be lobbying hard to put continuous deployment in place.  If any readers get a chance to put it into practice I’d love to hear your stories.

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If you’re addicted to spreadsheets like I am, then you’ll probably be equally as impressed as I was by the DabbleDB demo.  If you have eight minutes to spare, I highly recommend watching it at http://dabbledb.com/demo/.  I haven’t had a chance to play with the real thing yet, but I’m curious if anyone else has.  How does it look?  Does it really slice and dice as well as it looks like it does in the demo?  Are the collaborative features really that awesome?

According to their site:

Dabble DB is a web-based application that lets you work with data on your own terms. Instead of downloading an application, you upload your data and then build your own database application. You can import existing data or just start from scratch. Extend it orchange it as you go. Restructure and redefine how you organize your data on a whim.

What can you do with Dabble? Quite a lot, actually. Because it’s so flexible, you can build just about any sort of database. Here are just a few possibilities:

  • Tracking sales and invoices
  • Contacts and CRM
  • Project management
  • Scheduling events, classes, workshifts
  • Timesheets
  • Personnel records
  • Tracking workflow
  • Surveys and reviews
  • Basic statistical analysis
  • General content management