Toptal published and illustrated a lengthy article I wrote on what I call Adminimisation, that is, automating away the boring and routine tasks involved in running a web service. Useful if you program admin dashboards which you or your staff regularly grapple with.).
Adminimisation: Tips for Building Great Admin Dashboards
How to build a robust administrative area that'll help you automate away the boring and routine tasks involved in running a web site
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Fighting inadequate exception notification– do your background queues, assistive servers, and OS report issues?
Or how to avoid frustration configuring, debugging, and rescuing servers and third-party services