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4. Automation > Justifying Automation

Justifying Automation

When you deploy your application, it takes only three steps: run the “create tables” script on the database, copy the application files to your web server, and update the configuration files for the changes you’ve made to the routing for your application. Simple, easy steps. You have to do this every couple of days. So, what’s the big deal? It takes only about 15 minutes.

What if your project lasts eight months? You will have to go through this ritual 64 times (actually, the pace will pick up as you near the finish line and have to deploy it a lot more often). Add it up: 64 times performing this chore × 15 minutes = 960 minutes = 16 hours = 2 work days. Two full work days to do the same thing over and over! And this doesn’t take into account the number of times you accidentally forget to do one of the steps, which costs more time in debugging and repairing. If it takes you less than two days to automate the whole process, then it’s a no-brainer because you get pure time savings back. But what if it takes three days to automate i....


  

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