Documenting multi-repository projects

This blog post is a de-powerpointized version of a brownbag session in Pivotree. The goal was to increase awareness of tools and techniques for information / knowledge capture in the projects, specifically focusing on producing quality documentation so that everybody in project can access it and contribute to it, not only developers. We wanted to look at the tools that would allow engineers keep using their tools of trade (without impact on developer’s productivity) and at the same time make the information available without duplication of work to increase re-findability of information.

Reference Architecture as a Code

Many shapes of Architecture According to the wise people, an architecture is the shared understanding that the expert developers/system builders/maintainers have of the system design. It’s purpose is to maximize the probability that the decisions you have to make early in a project are the right ones. It is sort of a blueprint for the future system and captures parts, relations, boundaries, constraints. In our business (we build and run environments and solutions for eCommerce, data management and other business activities of our customers), an important subtype of architecture is Reference Architecture.

DockerCon 2020

I had an opportunity to attend DockerCon 2018 in person - it was great experience in wonderful city - Barcelona. My notes from it are here. I missed previous year (for variety of reasons), but DockerCon this year (as many other tech events) was purely virtual so I was able to see some part of it. Compared to 2018, the general tone and content of this DockerCon was quite different. In 2018 it felt like all the attention is focused on big enterprise (mainly Microsoft related) and what Docker as a company is looking for best way how to hook big firms with deep pockets.

Accessing Terraform cloud Module registry programatically

First step is to get your personal token. Log on to Terraform Cloud, go to https://app.terraform.io/app/settings/tokens and generate new token. Note: it is important to save the token to safe place - this is only time you will see it. Export the token: export TFE_TOKEN=<THE-TOKEN-VALUE> The documentation for Terraform API is here It is OK documentation but not the greatest one, however. There are two versions of the API - v1 and v2 and this is not clearly described.

Using SSH keys with multiple Bitbucket accounts

I have been using Bitbucket since 2012, long before my company moved from in-house hosted server running Gitolite and in-house instances of FishEye and Crucible to cloud based source control on Bitbucket Cloud. As legacy I was using my personal login with my gmail account as my Bitbucket identity. With merge of 3 companies in 2018 and rebranding as Pivotree, we are in process of streamlining the identity management and using SSO for identification.