Jeroen Reijn

on Tech, Open Source and software development

Develop and Test your Github Actions workflow locally with "act"

At work, I regularly train people on the subject of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, where I predominantly utilize GitHub Actions for the workshop assignments. This choice is motivated by GitHub’s extensive adoption within the developer community and the generous offering of approximately 2000 minutes or 33 hours of free build time per month.

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Improve AWS security and compliance with cdk-nag

AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) is a powerful tool that allows developers to define cloud infrastructure in code using familiar programming languages like TypeScript, Python, and Java. However, as with any infrastructure-as-code tool, it’s important to ensure that the resulting infrastructure adheres to security and compliance best practices. This is where cdk-nag comes in.

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Lessons learned from picking a Java driver for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis - Part 2

In part one of this series we looked at Jedis as the Java-based Redis driver when used in combination with ElastiCache for Redis in clustered mode. We learned that during a failover Jedis takes some time to figure out what the new primary is before it can restore the connection to the ElastiCache cluster. In this post, I’ll share some of the lessons learned from switching to Lettuce as the driver for our Java-based application.

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Lessons learned from picking a Java based driver for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis - Part 1

In my day-to-day job, I support teams at different organizations and help them with their AWS challenges. One of the teams I recently supported, was using Amazon ElasticCache for Redis as a storage/caching layer for their primary workload. They were validating their production setup and testing several failure scenarios. In this post, I will share some of the lessons learned. Keep in mind that the cases described in this post are very context-specific and might not reflect your use case, so my advice is to always do your own tests.

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Invoking an AWS Lambda function during CDK deployment

In general, AWS Lambda functions are triggered by some sort event. Most common use cases are an event from EventBridge, SQS, or an event created by a call to API Gateway in case you have a REST/HTTP API based on an AWS Lambda function. However, the other day I was looking for an option to execute my Lambda function immediately after it was created and/or updated while deploying my Infrastructure as Code with AWS CDK. I wanted it to work without manually executing a CLI command or calling an HTTP endpoint. It needed to be based on the CDK / CloudFormation deployment. A couple of use cases we had was triggering an import process or running a liquibase/ flyway script to populate a database.

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