What is DevOps?
Imagine you and your friend are building a Lego house. You have a great idea! You want to add a fancy door to this house. But you can’t do it alone, you need your friend’s help, who is good at finding the perfect bricks for the door. Then together with those bricks, you build the fanciest door everyone has ever seen in a lego house.
In this story, ‘You’ are like the ‘Developer’ who has brilliant ideas to create something new or make things better and your ‘friend’ putting everything together is like an ‘operations engineer’. When both of you work together we call that DevOps!
DevOps is like teamwork where software creators (developers) and people who manage how software works & reaches users (Operations team) collaborate to make awesome products like games you play or apps Mommy/Daddy use on their mobile. This working together makes creating software faster, easier and fun just like building lego houses with friends!
Now take rest kiddo! We continue building our Lego DevOps understanding brick by brick tomorrow.
How DevOps Works Like a Team Game?
Imagine you and your friends are playing a game of passing the ball, like in musical chairs. When the music starts, you pass the ball to your friend next to you and they pass it to their neighbor, until the music stops. Whoever has the ball when the music stops is out.
Now think of DevOps as a more advanced version of this game, but instead of passing a single ball, we are passing several balls (pieces of software) at the same time! And instead of trying to eliminate players from the game, our goal is for everyone to get their piece of software without any interruption or problems.
This requires good communication and coordination among all players (developers and operations). The operations team ensures that every player gets an equal turn at holding the ball (or deploying and maintaining pieces of software).
The developers on other hand keep tossing balls with new ideas which can be new features or improvements into existing games/apps. This whole process aims at making sure that there’s always an exciting game going on for users like you getting timely updates or even new games/apps!
Don’t we always have more fun playing together? Just like us working together with our friends while playing makes us win; Developers & Operations team working together in DevOps makes awesome digital products!
The Tools and Toys in the World of DevOps
Have you played with Magic Clay or Play-Doh toys? You use different tools like a roller, cutter, stamps, and molds to shape your clay into different figures like animals, trees, cars, or houses. Each tool has its own job and helps you make your creation more beautiful and detailed.
In the digital world of DevOps, they also use various tools to create their products. Think of these tools like your clay shaping gadgets! There are tools that are used for writing ideas (like picking colors in your artbook is the coding part), for creating shapes (building the software), for checking if everything is fine with your artwork (testing the software), making sure it reaches safely to an art exhibition where people can see & appreciate it (deploying the software).
Just like how each of your craft’s tools makes crafting easier & fun similarly each DevOps tool makes its process smoother ensuring that we get better games/apps without any hiccups!
How Does DevOps Help Us?
Remember our Lego house from earlier? Now imagine all of your friends decided to build this house at once. It could become very chaotic! Pieces would be flying everywhere, and no one would know who’s doing what.
However, if everyone gets organized and works together smoothly – just like we do in DevOps – then building the Lego house becomes so much quicker and easier! We would all know which parts we have to build and put them together without any problem.
This is exactly what happens when developers (who create) & and the operations team (who delivers) work together smoothly under DevOps. It enables faster release of new games or cool updates on apps you love because they are constantly working together making sure you have fun without waiting too long!
Now, let’s wrap up our cute little journey into learning about DevOps.
Just like your teamwork in games or crafting, DevOps is all about developers and operations teams working together. They use a variety of ‘digital tools’ to efficiently make cool apps/games for us.
Remember, great things are built piece by piece, be it your Lego house or the digital products we enjoy. With DevOps, these digital creators take this wisdom to heart. So next time you download a new game or app update remember – just like your Lego creation – it’s built on teamwork!
That’s all Kiddo! We’re done with learning about DevOps!
Thanks for reading!