I am a great fan of Octopus Deploy. In the interest of improving it in any way I can I released a beta version of OctoPygmy, a Chrome extension for Octopus Deploy.

The case for abstract IoC

I really value the IoC libraries out there and the features each one provides. I use one in nearly all the applications I write. Along with IoC libraries there has been the occasional discussion on abstracting it away from the application. I’m not a fan of this idea.

I did TDD wrong

My mind still thinks procedurally.

I like TDD, I really do. I’m just doing it wrong. TDD is about DRIVING the design. But many people (and evidently myself) just do it in a ‘Test First’ way. That really doesn’t give you much of an advantage other than a higher code coverage.

Fixing my own blunder with powershell

I installed a service a while back that uses Java. When I installed it I followed with a flow of installing Java to a different path from the default (oh no). There are different reasons for that which have now been totally debunked. The service that uses java (Subversion Edge in this case) has a windows service with a path to Java at the time (the non default path).
Then a patch got applied.

It uninstalled the original one and installed the updated one in the default location. So now the windows service is trying to run Java from a location that no longer exists. So how does one fix such a problem given that you can’t change the path the windows service is using from the user interface?


Thanks to Jeffery Hicks and his posts on Managing Services the Powershell way I was able to very easily correct the executable path of that service.

$theService = Get-WmiObject win32_service -Filter "name='CSVNConsole'"

$updatedPath = $theService.PathName.Replace('E:\MyOldPathToJava', 'C:\Program Files\Java\jre7')

$theService | Invoke-WmiMethod -Name Change -ArgumentList @($null, $null, $null, $null, $null, $updatedPath) | Select ReturnValue

# Verify the change took.
Get-WmiObject win32_service -Filter "name='CSVNConsole'" | Select *

Start-Service CSVNSonsole

When using the Invoke-WmiMethod it’s important to know what the order of parameters is. What’s documented may not be correct. so use $theService.GetMethodParameters("Change") to determine the proper order. Ignore those that start with an underscore.

All of this is in very good detail at Jeffery Hicks’ blog about this.

On a side note be sure to use Start-Transcript when working on stuff like this. It’s wonderful to be able to go back and read everything that you did and what the outcome of it was.

Automated Install of Octopus Deploy Server

I have been using Octopus Deploy for a while at work and now upgrading to their 2.0 line. It’s a wonderful product and you should check it out if you haven’t yet. One of the things I always want to do is automate the install of application infrastructure items (such as this) so that I can burn and build the servers. This allows me to be better prepared for server outages.