I was fortunate to be a guest on the Stack Overflow podcast recently. The topic was “Developer Velocity”, which was something that my fellow guest (and long-time developer community compatriot) Cory House wanted to discuss.

What is Developer Velocity?

In the podcast we discuss several factors that affect developer velocity, including:

    • How velocity is measured
    • Feedback loops
    • Cloud vs. on-prem
    • Custom Tooling
    • Buy vs. build
    • Familiarity of tooling vs. learning from scratch
    • Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)

One of the topics that’s most important to Couchbase (and myself) is familiarity of tooling. SQL is the language of data that developers (and DBAs, admins, BI analysts, architects, etc.) are most likely to be familiar with. However, much of the history of NoSQL, although it comes with many benefits, has been spent avoiding SQL (hence the name).

Couchbase, however, has invested heavily in SQL. Specifically, SQL++, an open standard, backwards compatible implementation of SQL designed for flexible JSON data. It’s just one of the ways that Couchbase is committed to making flexible and fast data accessible via the familiar.

You can listen to the Stack Overflow Podcast here, or find it in your podcast app of choice.

Next Steps

Do you have opinions on developer velocity and developer productivity?

What did you think of this episode?

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Posted by Matthew Groves

Matthew D. Groves is a guy who loves to code. It doesn't matter if it's C#, jQuery, or PHP: he'll submit pull requests for anything. He has been coding professionally ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent's pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works as a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Couchbase. His free time is spent with his family, watching the Reds, and getting involved in the developer community. He is the author of AOP in .NET, Pro Microservices in .NET, a Pluralsight author, and a Microsoft MVP.

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