Complex applications with highly customized logic and user interfaces take time to develop and require more formal practices to ensure that they work as intended and meet users' needs. Your project might not be so large, but you can still benefit from using development and test environments, where you can develop and test your code without affecting end users. Building your own applications requires a thorough understanding of the issues that can take place during the app lifecycle, from development to the production stage.
Application lifecycle management becomes a lot easier thanks to the automation of routine operations (creating environments, building and deploying projects, binding and swapping domains, etc). One of the best practices is to make your test environment look like your production environment and to periodically synchronize the test database with the data from production, and both of environments will look at one database. Also we'll show how to use separate building environments to build all your projects with the embedded Maven tool.
To realize the schema above we'll come through the next steps:
- Create the production environment
- Create the build environment
- Build and deploy the project
- Create data environment
- Configure the database
- Create the test environment
- Upgrade application
Also here is a video version of the same procedure:
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