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Technology Short Take 105

Welcome to Technology Short Take #105! Here’s another collection of articles and blog posts about some of the common technologies that modern IT professionals will typically encounter. I hope that something I’ve included here proves to be useful for you.




Cloud Computing/Cloud Management

  • I talk about Terraform a fair amount (and I use it a fair amount). Many times that’s in the context of a public cloud (since that’s where I spend most of my time), but here’s an example of using it for vSphere and OpenStack.
  • Chris Herrera tackles a little bit of the “why” in this article on Kubernetes cluster design.
  • Bob Killen discusses exposing StatefulSets in Kubernetes.
  • Lots of folks are super-bullish on Helm, but Bartlomiej Antoniak suggests users think twice before using Helm.
  • Robert Verdam has a two-part series on deploying an application to AWS with Terraform and Ansible (part 1, part 2). Of particular interest—to me, anyway—was Robert’s use of the Terraform provider+inventory script, which I’m exploring for use in some of my own projects.
  • The kubespy tool, released by the Pulumi folks, looks interesting. Have a look at part 1 and part 2 of their blog posts about the CLI tool.
  • Grant Orchard has a three-part series (so far) on VMware Cloud Assembly (part 1, part 2, part 3).
  • The folks at Platform9 recently open-sourced a tool called etcdadm (inspired by kubeadm). The GitHub repository is here, and the blog post with the announcement is here.

Operating Systems/Applications


I don’t have anything to share this time, but I’ll stay alert for content or links to include next time.


Career/Soft Skills

  • I found a couple of resources for folks interested in learning Golang. First up is this Go study group, which has both US and India meeting times. Next up is Awesome Go, which is—in the author’s words—“a curated list of awesome Go frameworks, libraries, and software.”

That’s all for this Technology Short Take. Thanks for reading! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for improvement, feel free to contact me on Twitter. Have a great weekend!

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