Developer Workshop: Exploring Infrastructure as Code
Are you tired of spending hours upon hours of your life, manually setting up environments for your IT systems? Or do you skip that and try to make do with just a “dev” and “prod” environment because it is too much of a hassle to set up a new one? Or maybe it is too expensive to run another one? Or maybe you have given up on the idea of multiple environments and decided to just deploy to production? Continuous Delivery FTW!!!
To be honest, we get it! Setting up and maintaining multiple environments and their infrastructure is a hassle. However, with “the cloud” and infrastructure provisioning being available through API calls, we can now speed up this process using Infrastructure as Code (IaC). This allows us to define our environments in code, and easily spin up, as well as remove, environments in minutes. Need a new test environment? No worries, just spin up a new one! Need a temporary environment to try out something new? No worries, just spin up a new one temporarily and remove it when you have tried out your idea! Why not spin up a new environment for each pull request to verify that it works? All this is possible if you have your infrastructure defined as code. Not to mention the ability to version manage it to allow you to keep track of what has changed.
In this workshop, we will have a look at the 3 most popular Infrastructure as Code (IaC) solutions available for creating infrastructure in Azure, Terraform, ARM templates and Pulumi.
The goal of this workshop is to have you define, create up, update, and remove whole system environments using all three IaC solutions. This will allow you to get a feel for how they work, where they differ, and which one would suit your situation the best. All 3 have strengths and weaknesses depending on what you are trying to do, so having a general knowledge of all 3 gives you the best chance to make a successful choice when you start your journey to define your infrastructure as code!
About Chris Klug
Chris Klug is a developer badass-as-a-service that either creates or solves problems depending on who you ask. He loves creating and building things. Whether it be a new application, a new kitchen or a new RC helicopter, you will see him building things all the time. Most of the time, that means writing code and solving problems for clients at a company called Active Solution in Stockholm though. Except for the many days he spends at conferences and usergroups, talking about doing things he is passionate about, and for the days he goes mountain biking, IPSC shooting, kiteboarding or RC helicopter flying.
For the last 15-something years, he has been solving problems for customers, and loving it. But if he gets to choose, he'll go to the beach and kitesurf every day!