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Real-World SRE

By : Nat Welch
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Real-World SRE

By: Nat Welch

Overview of this book

Real-World SRE is the go-to survival guide for the software developer in the middle of catastrophic website failure. Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) has emerged on the frontline as businesses strive to maximize uptime. This book is a step-by-step framework to follow when your website is down and the countdown is on to fix it. Nat Welch has battle-hardened experience in reliability engineering at some of the biggest outage-sensitive companies on the internet. Arm yourself with his tried-and-tested methods for monitoring modern web services, setting up alerts, and evaluating your incident response. Real-World SRE goes beyond just reacting to disaster—uncover the tools and strategies needed to safely test and release software, plan for long-term growth, and foresee future bottlenecks. Real-World SRE gives you the capability to set up your own robust plan of action to see you through a company-wide website crisis. The final chapter of Real-World SRE is dedicated to acing SRE interviews, either in getting a first job or a valued promotion.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)


This chapter was all about building tools. We talked about finding and defining projects, then figuring out what you want to build and how to describe it to others. We discussed actually planning and doing the work. Finally, we explored some tips for the long-term maintenance of code.

There is a danger in some SRE relationships of becoming the person or team that just does configuration management or just does incident response. Making time for software development helps your team to avoid this fate. It is high in the pyramid, but as a team, you should not forget its importance.

In the next chapter, we will discuss the final level of the hierarchy: user experience.