#89: Pipeline as Code

This week, I have a lot of exciting topics for you. To start off, we cover the basics of effective dashboard design and how you can create a Grafana dashboard that will make troubleshooting incidents a breeze. If you're looking to break into the Linux industry, I'm sharing a month-long free course. We explore cloud governance using Infrastructure as Code and provide tips to eliminate Kubernetes node scaling lag.

In addition, I cover best practices for debugging and provide an extension review for AWS SSM Lambda. And why you shouldn't teach during code reviews and provide a complete guide to AWS Lambda pricing. I also have an open-source browser extension to download eBooks from AWS Resource Hub without filling out forms, as well as a learning roadmap to master Kubernetes. I also cover how Cloudflare uses Terraform to manage its infrastructure and highlight a vulnerability in AWS CloudTrail. And that's not all! I also have a book on Pipeline as Code, which covers building your CI/CD pipeline in a cloud-native world and more 🔥

I hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter! Share it with a friend or colleague if you find it helpful, drop me an email or send me a DM on Twitter about topics you’d like to hear about in future editions.
Why you can’t find anything in your monitoring dashboards
This guide will go over the basics of effective dashboard design, and how to create a Grafana dashboard that will make it easy for you to troubleshoot an incident.
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"The Linux upskill challenge" - A month-long free course aimed at those who aspire to get Linux-related jobs in the industry - junior Linux sysadmin, DevOps-related work, and similar - Read more »
"Cloud governance using Infrastructure as Code" - Organizations often adopt Terraform without proper planning, leading to issues such as lack of standardized practices, inconsistent security and compliance enforcement, and lack of code reuse. This blog post proposes a governance model to effectively utilize Terraform - Read more »
"Eliminate Kubernetes node scaling lag with pod priority and over-provisioning" - This tutorial suggests using dummy pods to over-provision worker nodes in Kubernetes to reduce lag time in scaling. The number of dummy pods is balanced between performance and cost and can be adjusted using the Horizontal cluster-proportional-autoscaler tool - Read more »
"How to debug" - The steps are generalised and applicable across backend, infrastructure, frontend, etc, they're not specific to a particular language or paradigm - Read more »
"Extension review: AWS SSM Lambda" - This extension retrieves parameter values and caches them for future use. Using the Lambda extension can reduce your costs by reducing the number of API calls to Parameter Store - Read more »
"Don’t teach during code reviews" - You probably heard it already but, yes, code reviews are an excellent way to teach, learn and help each other.  But here's why you shouldn't play a teacher during code reviews - Read more »
"AWS Lambda pricing: a complete guide" - Learn about the pay-per-use pricing model of AWS Lambda and how it charges based on usage, runtime, and the number of requests - Read more »
Open-source project showcasing how to use ChatGPT to automatically reply to emails using AWS Lambda functions and AWS Simple Email Service - Learn more »
An open-source browser extension to download eBooks from AWS Resource Hub without filling forms - Learn more »
A learning roadmap to master Kubernetes from scratch covering basic to advanced Kubernetes concepts - Learn more »
When generating first-party SBOMs, it's hard to know if you're generating something good or not. SBOM Scorecard hopes to quantify what a well-generated SBOM looks like - Learn more »
DocsGPT is an open-source tool that streamlines the process of finding information in project documentation. With its integration of the powerful GPT models, developers can easily ask questions about a project and receive accurate answers - Learn more »
The node-latency-for-k8s tool provides process-level telemetry via prometheus metrics, cloudwatch metrics, and markdown timing charts to optimized K8s node launch times - Learn more »
"AWS CloudTrail vulnerability: undocumented API allows CloudTrail bypass" - Read more »
"How Cloudflare uses Terraform to manage Cloudflare" - Read more »
"Istio publishes results of 2022 security audit" - Read more »
"How we manage incident response at Honeycomb" - Read more »
I wrote a book called Pipeline as Code which focuses on automating your development pipeline in a cloud-native, service-driven world. The book covers the use of infrastructure-as-code tools such as Packer and Terraform to create robust CI/CD pipelines for various cloud-native applications, including Kubernetes and Serverless. It also teaches how to build and deploy a Jenkins cluster from scratch on AWS, GCP, and Azure. If you are unable to purchase the book, send me a direct message on Twitter and I will provide a free eBook version 😅
Manually securing Kubernetes can leave your organization vulnerable to breaches. Armon Dadgar, CTO of HashiCorp outlines how implementing an automated zero-trust security strategy addresses common challenges users face when securing Kubernetes.
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Hand-picked DevOps opportunities to work from home, remotely, freelance, full-time, part-time, contract and internships - See more »
Collection of Twitter threads to learn K8s (or at least the tip of the iceberg lol) 👇🏻
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