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Why DevOps: Addressing Shortfalls of Previous Methodologies

  Why DevOps: Addressing Shortfalls of Previous Methodologies DevOps emerged as a response to the limitations of previous software development methodologies, aiming to improve collaboration, automate processes, and accelerate delivery. Here's an exploration of why DevOps became necessary, with explanations of the shortcomings of earlier methodologies using examples and analogies. Traditional Methodologies and Their Shortfalls Waterfall Model Description : A linear and sequential approach where each phase (Requirements, Design, Implementation, Verification, Maintenance) must be completed before the next one begins. Shortfalls : Rigidity : Changes are difficult and costly once a phase is completed. Late Testing : Testing only occurs after the implementation phase, leading to the discovery of major issues late in the process. Customer Feedback : Limited to the beginning (requirements) and end (deployment) phases, risking the final product not meeting user needs. Analogy : Building a h

History of Software Development Methodology

  History of Software Development Methodology The history of software development methodology reflects the evolution of processes and practices that guide the creation of software systems. From the early days of ad hoc programming to the structured and iterative methods of today, software development methodologies have continually evolved to address the growing complexity and demands of software projects. Early Approaches (1950s - 1960s) Ad Hoc Development : Early software development in the 1950s and 1960s was often informal and lacked structured processes. Programs were typically written by a single developer or a small team, with little emphasis on planning, documentation, or formalised testing. Structured Programming : Introduced in the late 1960s, structured programming aimed to improve the clarity, quality, and development time of software. Promoted by Edsger Dijkstra, it emphasised the use of control structures like loops and conditionals, and the avoidance of "goto" s