Ivan on Containers, Kubernetes, and Backend Development

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Hello friends!

It's Ivan Velichko, a software engineer and a technical storyteller, with my traditional monthly roundup.

I'd like to start this issue with the exciting personal news. I'm joining the Slim.AI team to build cool stuff for all of us dealing with containers.


I've been an old fan of the Slim.AI SaaS - a service where you can search images on multiple container registries simultaneously and inspect the image content right in the browser. I also admire the magic behind their OSS DockerSlim project - this tool can trim down a container image by some tens of percents without requiring much of the user input. And of course, there is a lot to come.

So, my innate interest in containers and solid ops experience made this role sound like a perfect opportunity - I'll be spending even more time tinkering with Docker and Kubernetes (meaning more insights on the blog and twitter ๐Ÿ˜‰), and, hopefully, it'll result into something the whole DevOps guild could benefit from. Looking forward to my first day next week!

SPONSORED Kubernetes API Access Security Hardening - a worthwhile post by Teleport. Extremely relevant for those of us who's concerned with securing Kubernetes API access. Do recommend if you need to implement strong authN/authZ in Kubernetes clusters.

What I Was Working On

Somehow, this month I switched the gears from Kubernetes back to Containers. I'm not done with the Working With Kubernetes API series yet, and I still have at least three WiP articles - a "how to write a custom controller" primer, a client-go walkthrough, and a client-go "advanced stuff" article with the explanation of informers, work queues, and alike. But none of them were finished this month.

It all started from me running into this DockerSlim bug. While fixing it, I had to remember a few clever tricks:

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But after a week spent debugging containers, I couldn't already help but think of dumping my fresh Container thoughts to the blog:

While preparing materials for one of these posts, I came up with a nasty technique - writing an entire Go program in a Dockerfile. It's obviously a very bad idea, especially for production use, but nevertheless, I shared it on Twitter, and it took off...โ€‹

The above stuff took a surprisingly long time to write down, and by the end of the month, I felt bad that I didn't spend enough time working on my Kubernetes API series, so I ended up drawing this diagram on how to extend the Kubernetes API using Custom Resources, Admission Webhooks, and Controllers. Kind of a teaser of the future work:


What I Was Reading

Stay Tuned

Well, this is it for this month. A lot of stuff, but even more to come! Stay safe and healthy, friends! And make code, not war!


Ivan Velichko

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Ivan Velichko

Software Engineer at day. Tech Storyteller at night. Helping people master Containers.

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