My favorite books: Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation

Lately I often get the question: “Which books do you suggest?”. So since I have only have a finite number of key strokes left, I’m starting a list of books on my blog that I recommend.

The focus of the books I read are on ALM/DevOps and Microsoft technology in general. For me, reading is one of the best ways to learn. I use Twitter and blogs to stay up to date with new developments but if I really want to learn something, I love a good book.

So without further ado, here is a book I definitely recommend:

Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation

The fact that this book is in the Martin Fowler series should be a trigger for reading it. The Fowler series has some great books and this is no exception.

The book is all about moving a project to adopt Continuous Delivery. Focusing on the concept of a delivery pipeline it discusses the different phases in your pipeline and shows ways how to implement them.

The book does not specifically focus on Microsoft technology but the concepts discussed are technology agnostic so you can apply in whatever environment you’re working.

The book is not perfect. Some content is repeated quite often and I found the later chapters a little less interesting. However, if you are serious about ALM and DevOps, go get it now!

Did you read this book? Did you like it? Or do you have any other books that you recommend? Please leave a comment!

Wouter de Kort works as a lead architect and consultant. He helps organizations stay on the cutting edge of software development. Wouter focuses on DevOps. He loves solving complex problems and helping other developers to grow. Wouter authored the book DevOps on the Microsoft stack and a couple of other books. Wouter is a Microsoft MVP and an ALM Ranger. You can find him on Twitter (@wouterdekort), on his blog at and at the various conferences where Wouter speaks.


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