At the end of September 2020, participants from Humanitec and Polar Squad met for a small hackathon to see how straightforward it was to create a resource driver for the Humanitec platform so that others can connect their custom infrastructure.
We attended the recent Devops Enterprise (virtual) summit. Here we detail some of the key presentations covered: a look back at Team Topologies by its authors, the importance of psychological safety, and the challenges of operations teams in DevOps.
Recently we have released a feature that allows users to Export Manifests for any deployment recorded on our platform. This way you keep full ownership of your configmap, deployment, ingress, secrets and service .yaml files as well as any other external dependencies you may have.
An internal developer platform (IDP) is an essential step for rapidly scaling companies to keep their developers working productively and happily. In this roundtable discussion we speak with Jan Löffler who helped build Zalando’s IDP about the problems they were trying to solve and the steps they took.
In this article I look mostly at improving the developer experience within a company, and touch upon other aspects where relevant, we have future articles planned to help you improve the DX of the projects you maintain. The goal of this article is to help those in charge of development teams understand what their developers struggle with and complain about and help them do something about it.
Your Kubernetes configuration represents environments that are a fundamental part of your application, unyet we generally treat them as less important from our application code. In this post we look at best practices for managing changes to configuration, and how to treat it the way it deserves.
This article explores the RobotFramework library KubeLibrary. KubeLibrary is a wrapper for the Python Kubernetes Client. It enables you to assert the status of various objects in your Kubernetes Clusters. As the library can be integrated with any RobotFramework test suite, it is ideal to verify the testability of your System-under-Test by asserting the status of your nodes, deployments, pods, configmaps, and others Kubernetes objects before running any end to end tests.
We are proud to announce that Humanitec has become an official technology partner of CircleCI and their Orb program. CircleCI users can now seamlessly integrate their CircleCI build pipeline with Humanitec’s workflows. Using Humanitec’s Orb, they can build and push new images to Humanitec and improve the maintenance of their Kubernetes-ready applications after every CircleCI build.
Interest in DevOps adoption has increased. Most teams are either running automated deployments or are hoping to run them in the future as they look to improve their workflow and workplace practices. Being able to deploy your environments automatically is an excellent opportunity to optimize developer productivity.
Test automation in Kubernetes at RoboKon 2020 (German Robotframework Online Konferenz 30.07.2020).
In this article by Nils Balkow Tychsen, Lead Q&A Engineer at Humanitec, you will learn some use cases for sandboxed environments such as parallel feature development, parallel testing of feature flags, and parallel testing of microservice versions in different combinations.
A good developer experience is crucial to keep developer teams productive, happy, and focussed on work important to your business aims. In this first roundtable, we get the opinions and experiences from two experts in the field: Nigel Simpson, Director, Enterprise Tech Strategy at a Fortune 100 company, and Erik Muttersbach, CTO at forto (formerly FreightHub), a Berlin logistics startup.
We are very excited to make the Humanitec API available as a public Beta today! Our API provides the same functionality teams have enjoyed through our UI - but now allows for more opportunities for automation and integration.
We tend to underestimate how inefficient workflows impact developer productivity and distract from the task at hand. In this article we explain the first- and second-order effects of inefficient developer workflows. We share real-life examples and analyse at what point you should invest in automation vs. doing things manually.
We take a look at some of the presentations from the recent DevOps Enterprise Summit London: Thomas Limoncelli explores the importance of a low context culture and documentation; Daniel Maher shares his experience of how the SRE role relates to DevOps, and Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais walk through some of the fundamentals of Team Topologies in practice with a range of business case studies.
In this article, we look at ephemeral testing environments, small, discrete, and short-lived testing environments that reflect only the changes you are interested in testing.
In this article you will learn some basic concepts about the deployment process with Humanitec. As a simple example, we will deploy a Hugo static site.
Why does everything always take so long? Most of us ask ourselves this question every day. In this article Humanitec’s CEO Kaspar von Grünberg shares some thoughts about developer productivity and how to improve it. 7 points about your DevOps workflow you should definitely keep in mind!
Despite sounding similar, continuous integration, delivery, and deployment are subtly different from each other. While they have overlap, they are applicable and useful at different stages of the development process. In this post, we look at what the different terms mean, what benefits they bring to you and your team, and what you need to get started implementing the practice.
Continuous delivery helps software development teams get their code changes from development to testing, and into the hands of users more quickly. In this post, Chris Ward looks at the benefits and best practices for implementing this practice into your teams.
How to manage environment variables? Read the full interview with DevOps Engineer Antoine Rougeot about the fear to break things, teams struggling with Microservice setups, and some hot tips.
Lead time is a critical metric to enable a company to improve its speed of deployment. We take a deep dive into how lead time differs across organizations, how it can be improved and where it fits into the greater context of improving business outcomes.
Environment variables are a common way for developers to move application and infrastructure configuration into an external source outside of application code. This post shows you the variety of ways Kuberentes helps you create and manage environment variables within kubernetes.
In this article Christoph Richter, COO at Humanitec, shares insights about the potential of environment variables. Storing configurations in the environment is important if your team wants to use container-based applications, or continuous delivery as effectively as possible.
Having a means to measure and assess the effectiveness of your DevOps strategy is a critical key to achieving and surpassing your goals. We take a look at four key metrics that can enable you to measure the effectiveness of your strategies and the progress of your team.
Orchestrating an application in Kubernetes can be even in a simple setup pretty complex. In this post, you learn how to architect a Kubernetes-native application and create a first deployment using kubectl.
Breaking applications into smaller coupled components like microservices, and running each of those components in containers often go hand in hand. These modern application architecture principles have allowed many businesses and software projects to make regular and rapid changes to running software and scale them to suit changes in demand and approach. In this article, we breakdown what a container is, and the direct benefits they bring to your developer teams and business.
Since our latest release, it is possible to connect Humanitec to any existing CI pipeline to deploy container images to different environments. Read more how we help development teams to adopt DevOps best practices by allowing everyone to manage day-to-day tasks without getting lost in the complexity of Kubernetes.
The Robot Framework is a generic open source automation framework for acceptance testing, acceptance test driven development (ATDD), and robotic process automation (RPA). In the article, we describe the key benefits to using this framework for test automation.
Learn how to set up a simple Kubernetes cluster on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and deploy your first containerized web application.
Learn the benefits of social authentication, how it works, and challenges Humanitec faced when implementing it with GitHub. In addition, find out why automation is a critical part of testing social authentication.
Increasing numbers of services in a cluster can quickly lead to versioning dependency hell. Learning how to manage those environments properly will save users from problems when testing.
Before you can make the most of your Kubernetes environment, you need to understand some basics. This includes understanding what an environment is, why you need more than one, the common cluster challenges that many developers face, and the basics of managing a Kubernetes environment.
The Velocity Conference took place in Berlin from 4 to 7 November 2019. We at Humanitec are very proud to have exhibited with a booth on the main floor. Here are our highlights of the conference.
Working with microservices architecture across multiple stakeholders and with no DevOps can be challenging. One of the first users of the Humanitec Internal Developer Platform (IDP) - Backend Developer Ralf and Product Manager Domile - share their experience managing a Field Force Management application through the Humanitec IDP.
Software built in microservice architectures provides great opportunities for testers but also come with some challenges. This article describes 8 main parameters to successful testing of microservices.
Insights on how to add auto-generated code to different 3 file types (TypeScript, HTML, JSON) by leveraging the power of angular schematics.