github-fecther: Checking new Repos from Github with Go

Go lang is a very interesting language. Github already is the central hub for the open source on the Internet. Companys have lots of repositories and it's very hard to catch up nowadays. So I build a simple silly tool in Go in order to fetch all repositories a company might have and they compare with the previous fetch and see if there are new repositories.  Thanks to GO elegance I was able to do that with less than 200 lines of code. In order to do what we need to do, we will use some basic functionality in Go such as IO, Http Calls, JSON support for Structs, Slices, Maps, Error Handling(Which is the sucking part) and a bit of logic. This program can fail since I'm not using a proper TOKEN for github so you will HIT the github Throttling limits pretty quickly if you keep running the program. You can create a proper DEV account and fix the code to use your token or you can schedule the program to run in different times in your crontab. This is not production ready, but it'…

Running Gorilla/Mux in Docker

Go is a very simple and powerful language. I like Go.Go performance is amazing. I don't like that Go don't have proper Generics and Exceptions but besides that is all great. Go is great for DevOps because go generate a simple binary that is executable and this is really awesome.
Today I want to show to build a simple counter service using Go, Gorilla/Mux and Docker. Gorilla/Mux is a simple HTTP Router for Go. Using native JSON support from Go + Mux you can build some simple and yet powerful services.
We will use sync/atomic in order to make sure if we have a code that is threadsafe.  You will need to have Go and Docker installed in your machine.  We will use Go language version 1.10 and latest Gorilla/Mux. Let's get started!

The Dockerfile

Here we are using Go 1.10 docker image as the image. We are using to get in order to install gorilla/mux. Now we can build the docker image. We just need to run the command: $ docker run diegopacheco/go-counter.

Go Code

Go code is so simpl…

Running Ansible with Docker

Ansible is a great provisioning tool. However, it can be painful to get some ansible scripts right. Especially if you need some stuff with bash and Ansible. Often baking time in AWS can be pretty high. So It's better you can run ansible locally. However, running ansible local could mess up with your OS. So the best thing is run ansible in Docker. Since the docker container will be ephemeral, once you finish running the container all changes will be lost. You also will benefit from running locally and being able to figure it out quickly whats wrong.  So today I want to share about some simple project I create in order to help to do that. This is called Ansible-Docker this is an ansible sandbox using Amazon Linux.

Mocking Terraform AWS using Docker

Terraform is a good tool for infrastructure provisioning.  However to test terraform it could be pretty difficult. So you will create some terraform scripts and upload to the cloud a run some slow Jenkins job? and if your syntax is wrong? Well, this process can be very painful. So I want to share some simple sandbox I built in order to speed up terraform + aws development in your local machine. I might be wondering how is that possible─? Well, my secret sauce is Localstack. So we are limited to all endpoints that localstack mocks. As Localsttack adds more endpoints we benefit from that. The main idea behind this simple project is to show how easy is to docker-ize somDevOpsps tools and make engineering easy.  Currently is very often to spend 40mim or more doing baking and that's is wrong. So that's kind of mainframe era so the idea is to save time and run things local - as much as possible. Docker helps a lot with that. I run software in production using AWS Amazon Linux. Now t…

Ethereum - Smart Contracts and Blockchain Principles

Ethereum is the most interesting blockchain platform right now. I have lots of interest in IOTA and HashGraph because they claim to solve scalability problems that ethereum and pretty much most of platforms/token have, however they don't have as big adoption and rich ecosystem as ethereum has. Blockchain got popular in 2009 thanks to Bitcoin paper but the market and development industry still pretty new. Ethereum allows us to create Smart Contracts which are far more powerful then what you got when you work with bitcoins. Most of the ideas in blockchain and ethereum platform are not new, they are pretty old concepts like Cryptography, Immutability, Distributed Computing, and Consensus Algorithms. Clearly, the Financial sector was the first application field for blockchain, however, we are not limited to financial applications and we could use for many other industries like HealthCare, Agriculture, Energy, Real estate, Legal, Insurance, Education, Gov and many others. Here you can …

Internal System Design: The Forgotten Discipline

Several years ago it was impossible to think about software development without having at least a business specification(usually in a word document) and a bunch of UML diagrams like package, class and sequence diagram. That was a pre-agile era where process and formality ruled the IT software development industry(yes folks, yes I'm old). Back on that time software engineering was pretty much conceived as "process".  Now we live in a more civilized era, however, back on that time, there were some interesting and valuable things(tools, techniques, principles and even practices).  Like the English expression, you need throw bath water but keeping the baby. I was wondering why these phenomena happened and still happen today. First of all, we are SOCIAL animals we tend to have some kind of "fashion" behavior where we follow the "flow". Needless to say that UML and Software internal design is not quite popular today with the new kids. I don't miss the …

Code for Reliability

It's normal to talk about failure when we talk about cloud-native architectures. Pretty much anything that runs on the cloud(data center) means more distribution(networking). Distributed Systems tend to fail all time. Chaos Engineering is great, however, it's for the infrastructure, therefore focused on the big picture. When I say big picture I mean outside of a microservice. Reliability is not just for the outside boundary or infrastructure but also for Inside a service or inside the system. Reliability Inside the system might have many names such as(very popular in Brazil during 2k years) Defensive Programming.  There are lots of synergy between reliability, defensive programming, anti-fragility and Efficient Internal System design. Efficient design it's not only about making your system efficient in sense of economics(code, readability, reduce maintained cost) but also reliability. Today I want to share some internal system design way of think in order to achieve bette…