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>But I think the author's point is that if you find yourself worrying that a deployment has even a sliver of a chance of causing downtime, you should be spending your energy on finding ways to eradicate that risk rather than proceeding in the middle of the night.

Right, and that's where I strongly disagree with the author. Sometimes finding and taking care of that last 0.1% risk of failure just isn't worth it. Sometimes you're better off babysitting the deployment for 30 minutes once or twice a month rather than spending valuable development hours updating your deployment scripts to be fully automatic and handle every possible contingency.




Sometimes you're better off babysitting the deployment for 30 minutes once or twice a month rather than spending valuable development hours updating your deployment scripts to be fully automatic

If your deployment scripts are fully automatic, you can enjoy the (many) benefits of deploying more often than once or twice a month.


Given no other dependencies, sure.




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