another man's ramblings on code and tech

Final Directions on GitLab


So, at this point, I’ve worked with GitLab for about three weeks straight making demo after demo to compare features to Bitbucket. The biggest thing I learned about GitLab is that it’s really easy to get running fast with. It's definitely a powerful framework with some serious DevOps chops. He...

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Date: March 1st at 8:51am

Deploy Boards in GitLab


At first reading up on GitLab deploy boards I was quite impressed. I liked how it seemed to integrate with Kubernetes (k8s) seamlessly, the tracking and monitoring features that seemed to come with it, and canary builds. However, after setting their stuff up for a demo cluster, I was unimpressed...

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Date: February 21st at 8:01am

Docker in Docker on Kubernetes with GitLab


GitLab runners limited minutes can be a major source of issues for people using their SaaS solution. People often decide to host their own dynamically provisioned Kubernetes (or k8s) clusters to use the GitLab k8s runners. However, using the k8s runner prevents Docker in Docker (or dind) from wor...

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Date: February 13th at 8:38am

GitLab First Impressions


I’ve been tasked with researching GitLab and setting up a demo for it at my work. We’re considered moving some internal build and deploy pipelines over to it. My intentions with this type of post is simply to keep some notes on the technology as I learn it. Hopefully my notes will be of some u...

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Date: February 5th at 1:50pm

San Francisco: a review by a Toronto developer


This summer I finally had the opportunity to visit my original programming mentor in San Francisco over the Canada Day weekend. It would be an exciting trip for me: my first time in California, my first time on the West Coast, my first time seeing the Pacific, and of course, my first time in San F...

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Date: November 22nd at 6:57am