This is #3 in a very long series of posts on Stack Overflow’s architecture. Previous post (#2): Stack Overflow: The Hardware - 2016 Edition We’ve talked about Stack Overflow’s architecture and the hardware behind it. The next most requested topic was Deployment. How do we get code a developer (or some random stranger) writes into production? Let’s break it down. Keep in mind that we’re talking about deploying Stack Overflow for the example, but most of our projects follow almost an identical pattern to deploy a website or a service. I’m going ahead and inserting a set of section links here because this post got a bit long with all of the bits that need an explanation: This is our starting point for this article. We have the Stack Overflow repository on a developer’s machine. For the sake of discussing the process, let’s say they added a column to a database table and the corresponding property to the C# object — that way we can dig into how database migrations work along the way. We deploy roughly 25 times per day to development (our CI build) just for Stack Overflow Q&A. Other projects also push many times. We deploy to production about 5-10 times on a typical day. A deploy from first
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