Week 48, 2015

Introducing my weekly notes, an article about interesting things I've run across in the past week. This week featuring trying out Let's Encrypt and AWS releasing version 1 of their Go API.

Looking at Cloudformation Designer

Recently AWS introduced their CloudFormation Designer tool. Part of CloudFormation, this Designer allows you to visually design and edit your templates. In this article I try to show you how you can use the tool and fit it into your workflow.

Using Docker for a more flexible Jenkins

Different parts of your project might require different environments. Additionally, when building web projects for clients you don't always have control over the server your project will run on. Both of these issues can be solved, and this article will show how you can use Docker to have a better and more efficient Jenkins setup.

Increasing the size of a root EBS volume

Sometimes the default size for your root volume in an EC2 instance isn't good enough. As there is no clear documentation on the best way to do this for CloudFormation managed instances, I'm describing my methods for increasing the size here.

Starting with Golang

The first weekly update for my month of Golang. I'll start this out with various resources I used to get up to speed with the language, before I'll move on to idea behind the structure for the Bugsnag SDK and how this is progressing.

Monthly project: Golang

In an attempt to stop my mind from constantly jumping to the next interesting thing I encounter, I decided to start doing monthly research projects. I'm starting this with something that has been on my list for quite a while now, learning the language Go (or Golang as it's often called).

Personal access to your servers

This article describes setting up a single security group with cloudformation that you can use to ensure you can easily gain access to your servers wherever you are. And as a bonus it describes how you can update the parameters of your stack from the command line without needing access to its template.

Automated deployments tutorial for Hugo

In this tutorial we will set up a basic Hugo project and then configure a free tool called Wercker to automatically deploy the generated site any time we add an article.

At the start of the year I mentioned writing a step for Wercker to help with automating deployments for Hugo sites such as this site. In the community forums people requested that I write a tutorial for it, and that has now gone up on the site.

It also works as a general introduction of using Wercker steps, so even if you’re not interested in Hugo itself the tutorial might be useful for that purpose.

Changes to my setup

Over the Christmas break I made some time to implement changes to my AWS setup that I've been thinking of. As this invalidates some of the things I've written about in other articles I felt I should point them out here as well.

Setting up SSL for an ELB

Enabling SSL on an Elastic Load Balancer in AWS is fairly straightforward and well documented, but that’s only one part of the whole process. When I needed to set it up again last week I figured that this time I would document the entire thing, from getting the keys to incorporating it into a CloudFormation template.

Building artifacts with Jenkins

When generating frontend assets, you don't want to add these generated files to your repository but it's not always possible or easy to generate them on the production server either. In this article I'll describe how to solve this issue using Jenkins.