govvv – Versioning for Go binaries

Go language is getting increasingly popular when it comes to writing microservices and commmand-line tools. It easily lets you compile a complicated application into a single binary, it can cross-compile from any OS to any other OS the Go compiler supports.

Go compiler has this nice LDFLAGS trick to assign values to the variables in the program at the compile time. So if you have a Version variable in your program you can compile it as:

 $ go build -ldflags "-X ...
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State of Cloud Instance Provisioning

I have been craving to write about this since this is what I have been up to lately at work. I spent quite some time investigating the state of instance provisioning on each cloud provider and I thought I could share these here.

If you are dealing with deploying instances (a.k.a Virtual Machines or VMs) to public cloud (e.g. AWS, Azure), then you might be wondering what your instance goes through before you can start using it ... Read more →

Docker.DotNet is Graduating!

Nearly two years ago I published my side project Docker.DotNet —an open source C#/.NET client library for the Docker Remote API. Ever since, many teams and critical products at Microsoft as well as outside Microsoft started to depend on this library.

I am happy to announce that Docker.DotNet is now an official Microsoft project. Members of the Windows containers team will be the new maintainers of the project. The project will remain open source and it will ... Read more →

Introducing dexec

dexec is a small Go library allowing you to run commands inside Docker containers as if you are running them locally using the os/exec package.

With dexec, you can containerize your external program invocations locally or remotely, using the Docker Engine. Your application will benefit from isolation, security, resource limiting and other advantages of using Docker.

dexec effectively is an abstraction layer that hides the fact that commands are executed within a container, as it gives you the same ... Read more →

Go json.Decoder Considered Harmful

If you are coding with Go and using json.Decoder to deserialize a JSON payload, then you are probably signing up for unexpected outcomes. You should use json.Unmarshal instead.

  1. json.Decoder is designed for JSON streams; not for single JSON objects
  2. json.Decoder silently ignores certain malformed JSON syntax.
  3. json.Decoder does not release network connection for reuse (slows down HTTP requests up to ~4x)

None of this should be a surprise for someone reading the godoc of the ... Read more →

Introduction to Azure Docker Extension

Even for someone who does not care about Microsoft Azure at all, I think the “Virtual Machine Extensions” concept is something pretty darn interesting and other cloud providers do not have an equivalent.

This article is about one of them: Azure Docker Extension.

First of all, you must be wondering what a VM Extension is:

What are Virtual Machine Extensions?

In Azure, we give you a way to install things or run scripts on the virtual machine instances from outside ... Read more →