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industry buzzwords - ckester - 14-11-2022

I picked up a thread on lobste.rs about this, thinking it might be a historical note about Microsoft Bob, but of course it wasn't:

https://bob-cd.github.io

Unfortunately there are so many unexplained buzzwords on that site that I haven't the foggiest idea what it's talking about or whether this new "bob" thing is anything worth looking into.

"CI"? "CD"?

Seems to have something to do with "DevOps", whatever that is.

The site quotes Einstein on the front page:
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler."
It seems to me they've gone below that lower limit, and could do with a little more complication in order to explain themselves.


RE: industry buzzwords - jkl - 15-11-2022

“CI”/“CD” is an empty phrase that is usually used to tell people that your code is compiled on a server instead of your computer.


RE: industry buzzwords - venam - 15-11-2022

Buzzwords are not there for you, they're there to appease marketing teams and confuse competing companies making them feel like they're not ahead of the curve.

I've always wondered whether these trends were really organic or not. There definitely are some ideas that are going around and mixing together into something novel and that gets adopted, but these are very different from buzzword trends.


RE: industry buzzwords - ckester - 15-11-2022

In this case I felt like I needed to learn an API before I could understand their marketing pitch. An API that their target audience presumably already knows. I haven't attended any of the right conferences or trade shows, so I haven't been programmed with the API which would enable me to decode their message.

But I do like the minimalist aesthetic of the site and I'm sympathetic to many of the things they cite as inspirations. So maybe I would like this project too?

Poking around with various websearches I gather that CI/CD has something to do with working as a team of developers. Hence "DevOps". But despite that breadcrumb I still can't penetrate the jargon and understand what exactly it is they're selling. A source-code control system with shared repositories like Git? But from some of the example scripts it looks like they use git as a provider ... And what's going on with those "pipelines"?

Devteams are infamous for always inventing "better" mousetraps when it comes to their own processes. This looks like one of those.

Too bad. I would have enjoyed an article about the failure of Microsoft Bob's user interface.