From MQTT to InfluxDB with Dapr

In a previous post, we looked at using the Dapr InfluxDB component to write data to InfluxDB Cloud. In this post, we will take a look at reading data from an MQTT topic and storing it in InfluxDB. We will use Dapr 0.10, which includes both components. To get up to speed with Dapr, please … Continue reading “From MQTT to InfluxDB with Dapr”

Using the Dapr InfluxDB component

A while ago, I created a component that can write to InfluxDB 2.0 from Dapr. This component is now included in the 0.10 release. In this post, we will briefly look at how you can use it. If you do not know what Dapr is, take a look at I also have some videos … Continue reading “Using the Dapr InfluxDB component”

Kustomize and Flux

Flux has a feature called manifest generation that works together with Kustomize. Instead of just picking YAML files from a git repo and applying them, customisation is performed with the kustomize build command. The resulting YAML then gets applied to your cluster. If you don’t know how customisation works (without Flux), take a look at … Continue reading “Kustomize and Flux”

Deploy AKS with Nginx, External DNS, Helm Operator and Flux

A while ago, I blogged about an Azure YAML pipeline to deploy AKS together with Traefik. As a variation on that theme, this post talks about deploying AKS together with Nginx, External DNS, a Helm Operator and Flux CD. I blogged about Flux before if you want to know what it does. I added the … Continue reading “Deploy AKS with Nginx, External DNS, Helm Operator and Flux”

GitOps with Weaveworks Flux – Installing and Updating Applications

In a previous post, we installed Weaveworks Flux. Flux synchronizes the contents of a git repository with your Kubernetes cluster. Flux can easily be installed via a Helm chart. As an example, we installed Traefik by adding the following yaml to the synced repository: apiVersion: kind: HelmRelease metadata: name: traefik namespace: default annotations: … Continue reading “GitOps with Weaveworks Flux – Installing and Updating Applications”

GitOps with Weaveworks Flux

If you have ever deployed applications to Kubernetes or other platforms, you are probably used to the following approach: developers check in code which triggers CI (continuous integration) and eventually results in deployable artifacts a release process deploys the artifacts to one or more environments such as a development and a production environment In the … Continue reading “GitOps with Weaveworks Flux”

GitOps with Kubernetes: a better way to deploy?

I recently gave a talk at TechTrain, a monthly event in Mechelen (Belgium), hosted by Cronos. The talk is called “GitOps with Kubernetes: a better way to deploy” and is an introduction to GitOps with Weaveworks Flux as an example. You can find a re-recording of the presentation on Youtube:

Giving Argo CD a spin

If you have followed my blog a little, you have seen a few posts about GitOps with Flux CD. This time, I am taking a look at Argo CD which, like Flux CD, is a GitOps tool to deploy applications from manifests in a git repository. Don’t want to read this whole thing? There are … Continue reading “Giving Argo CD a spin”

A quick tour of Kustomize

Image above from: When you have to deploy an application to multiple environments like dev, test and production there are many solutions available to you. You can manually deploy the app (Nooooooo! 😉), use a CI/CD system like Azure DevOps and its release pipelines (with or without Helm) or maybe even a “GitOps” approach … Continue reading “A quick tour of Kustomize”

Creating Kubernetes secrets from Key Vault

If you do any sort of development, you often have to deal with secrets. There are many ways to deal with secrets, one of them is retrieving the secrets from a secure system from your own code. When your application runs on Kubernetes and your code (or 3rd party code) cannot be configured to retrieve … Continue reading “Creating Kubernetes secrets from Key Vault”