Using Ansible to automate my Macbook setup

Introduction I am soon going to get a new Macbook, and have been thinking about how to setup it quickly and easily. There is Boxen, and while it is awesome at what is does, it does too much for my needs. A quick Google shows there is plenty of other tools and solutions out there like Boxen that automate a Mac setup. While they all looked mostly good, I want something a little more personal, so, let’s reinvent the wheel :D

Using Helm to deploy to Kubernetes

Introduction In this post I will be showing how to use Helm (https://helm.sh) to build and deploy your own charts to a Kubernetes cluster. Preface What is Helm? Well, think of it as the apt-get / yum of Kubernetes, it’s a package manager for Kubernetes developed by the guys from Deis (https://deis.com/). If you deploy applications to Kubernetes, Helm makes it incredibly easy to version those deployments, package it, make a release of it, and deploy, delete, upgrade and even rollback those deployments as charts.

Kubernetes nginx-ingress-controller

Introduction In this post I will explain, how I expose applications running on Kubernetes clusters to the internet with the help of Ingress controllers. But first a little bit about Kubernetes Ingresses and Services. On a very simplistic level a Service is a logical abstraction communication layer to pods. During normal operations pods get’s created, destroyed, scaled out, etc. A Service make’s it easy to always connect to the pods by connecting to their service which stays stable during the pod life cycle.

Kubernetes on AWS

In this post I will be explaining how I setup Kubernetes clusters on Amazon. I use kops (https://github.com/kubernetes/kops) to setup and manage my Kubernetes clusters. For my day job, I create multiple Kubernetes stacks often on Amazon and nothing, so far, comes close to how well kops works for me. I briefly flirted with kube-aws (https://github.com/coreos/kube-aws) from CoreOS, and while it’s a good tool, Kops just works better for me.