Building a static site with Hugo, Terraform, and AWS
If you're a frequent visitor to my blog, you may notice that it has a very new look as of today. This facelift isn't just cosmetic or just related to any personal disclosures (although I'll admit those played a role) - I've actually changed the framework that the blog runs on from Wordpress to Hugo as part of my exploration of serverless computing and web hosting.
Handling environment-specific parameters in a web hosting environment
One of the big roadblocks that I had to figure out when I was setting up some of my more complex websites was how to get environment-specific parameters to apply across environments. When you have things like different database endpoints, different passwords, even different debug options, it's important that there's an easy process that doesn't add too much complexity to what you're doing.
Lower your build costs with Jenkins and EC2 Spot Instances
Sometimes, a company may choose to avoid continuous integration due to the cost constraints of having a dedicated build server if working on-premises, or the high hourly cost of a powerful build server in the cloud. In a personal project I was working on recently, I ran right up against these cost constraints on a smaller scale - I didn't want to wait forever for my builds to finish, but I also didn't want to spend at a higher hourly rate to keep a build server up!
DevOps, put simply
I know I'm late to this party, and to be honest, Jon Hendren already said it a lot better than I could ever, but I wanted to write this - at the very least, to cut to the core of the hundreds of DevOps conferences and the thousands of mid-level managers throwing around the term like it's the new buzzword-equivalent of “synergy".