As long as you are only doing INSERTs, UPDATEs, and DELETEs of articles I have suggestion:
You should use Master/Slave Replication (MSR). Here is how to work it:
Step 1) Setup MSR with Dev Machine as Master and Prod as Slave
Step 2) Run SET GLOBAL SQL_LOG_BIN = 0;
This will prevent the Dev Machine from Replicating to Production. Each time you restart the Dev machine or restart mysql on the dev machine, make sure you run this before allowing the Prod machine to replicate from Dev. In fact make sure you STOP SLAVE on Prod, restart mysql on Dev, run SET GLOBAL SQL_LOG_BIN = 0; on Dev, and and START SLAVE; on Prod.
Step 3) Here is where it gets really interesting
You need to perform a table synchronizaton using two tools from Percona:
mk-table-checksum and mk-table-sync.
In a shell script, run mk-table-checksum and generate a report of all tables and the checksum values between the master and slave. Locate which tables have table checksum mismatches. The report will have the database in column 2, the table in column 4, and the checksum value in column 7.
Collect those tablenames in a text file as "database.tablename". We will call the file TablesToSync.txt
In another shell script, iterate through TablesToSync.txt and run mk-table-sync with the following parameters:
mk-table-sync --print --with-triggers --sync-to-master h=HostIPofSlave,u=userid,p=password,D=database,t=tablename >> AllChanges.sql
The file AllChanges.sql will contain every SQL statement you need to run to make the slave match the master's content as of the time you ran mk-table-sync against the specified table.
4) Run the AllChanges.sql script in Prod.
If you knew that a fixed number tables would need syncing, an alternative method would be to skip doing the mk-table-checksum step and go right to running mk-table-sync against every table you know needs to be sync'd.
You would have to run this process on demand whenever you want to ship new data from Dev to Prod. Once you change any table structures, (i.e. DDL), those tables need to be mysqldumped over from Dev to Prod.