In this article (Managing infrastructure with Terraform, CDKTF, and NixOS), the author provides a brief introduction to Terraform, CDKTF, and the Nix ecosystem. He will explain how to use Nix to access these tools within your shell, so we can quickly start using them.
CloudCast: 2023 Look Ahead to Platform Engineering
The Cloudcast discusses platform engineering with the founder and CEO of RackN, Rob Hirschfeld. Starting around the 10-minute mark, the conversation covers the goals and best practices of platform engineering.
Topic 1 – Welcome back to the show, it was great to see you in person at events recently. What have you been focusing on the last couple of years?
Topic 2 – There’s been a lot of discussion about Platform Engineering over the last 6+ months. You’ve been around this space for a while. We’re trying to understand if PE is different from DevOps or SRE or Cloud Platform in the past, or an evolution. Is PE just a common platform maintained with reusable tools, regardless of the infrastructure?
Topic 3 – I’ve heard people say that Cloud Platform and Platform Engineering are colleagues. where one owns/operates the platform, and the other is the “product manager” to the application teams. Is this realistic?
Topic 4 – What does “good” look like for Platform Engineering? Is the goal a frictionless developer experience? Are developer consistency and efficiency valid goals? Are there KPIs or Metrics that “good” teams are striving towards?
Topic 5 – Any interesting technologies that you’re seeing that make Platform Engineering easier, or more manageable?
Topic 6 – Any team dynamics that you’re seeing that make Platform Engineering easier, or more manageable?
Google recently published a new documentation set on HashiCorp Terraform. It aims to “provide guidelines and recommendations for effective development with Terraform across multiple team members and work streams.”
For more information, see Best practices for using Terraform