Came across Vitamin the other day via a coworker. It’s a site where a bunch of web 2.0 heavy hitters contribute content, interviews, reviews, training, etc.
One of the training podcasts , “Scaling Web Apps on a Budget“, caught my attention. It briefly talked about how flickr scaled up and pushes updates to their production env. The 3 stage developer to production appears logical and simple. What surprised me was the lack of formal QA prior to pushing updates to the production servers. Developers appear to fill that role. Kinda cool and is dev on a budget.
Of the projects I have worked on the best bugs I have fixed have always appeared in an eat our own dogfood deployment. There is nothing like using your own product!