Two Things I Want From Public Clouds

Public clouds are growing at a tremendous rate and many are moving at least some of their workloads to the public clouds. As I use these clouds – the plural being intentional - I continue to see more and more I would like out of them. This post contains two from that list with some details. I hope I'm not the only one looking for the same things.

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DCO Signoff In GitHub UI

On the Helm charts project the maintainers occasionally use the GitHub UI to make quick changes to a pull request. This is typically to fix something in a README file or to increment a version. We are trying to help contributors who make minor typos, are not native english speakers, or who run into version immutability collisions.

When Helm moved to a Developers Certificate of Origin it meant those little changes made in the GitHub UI now needed a DCO signoff to pass. Remembering to add that and what exactly to type is a bit of a pain.

So, Scott Rigby who is one of the charts maintainers went and made a browser extension for that. It runs in Chrome and Firefox. Once installed you go to the preference to add you name and email address. After that the GitHub UI commit screens will have the DCO signoff pre-filled for you.

dco signoff Firefox extension page

If you deal with DCO signoffs and the GitHub UI there is now an extension for that. Thanks Scott.

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Git Signoff Shortcut

When Helm moved from a CLA to a DCO it meant I needed to start adding a signoff to my commits on that project. While git makes this almost easy, by using the --signoff flag, it means I need to remember to use the flag when committing.

To make it easier I created an alias so I can use git cs and it will commit with signoff.

To create the alias I ran the command:

$ git config --global alias.cs 'commit --signoff'

After that, I had an alias I could use when using a signoff.

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What is serverless, anyway?

When DigitalOcean polled developers on serverless, for their June 2018 issue of currents, one of their findings was that half of developers did not have a strong understanding of serverless. Since serverless provides benefits for developers and operators in some situations it's worth understanding well enough to know how to leverage.

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