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Follow through GitLab deployments with Slack

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Tim te Beek

Our team has a (not so) slight tendency to not immediately follow through with our deployments to production. We’ll create and review our changes, merge and deploy to staging, and dilligently test the changes there. And then…​ nothing happens.

It could be that something else needs our immediate attention, or someone else wants to confirm an issue is fixed; Or we might want to deploy at a different point in time as to not disrupt an ongoing process by a service restart. Any which way the result is the same: changes accumulate in staging, and with that the risk involved with the next production deployment.

To nudge ourselves to deploy to production more often we created a Slack App that gives us a daily report of such pending deployments. In this post I’ll showcase the code we use, and how to set up something similar yourself.

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How to run Maven Release on GitLab with Artifactory

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Tim te Beek

The Maven Release plugin allows you to easily craft releases of your own libraries, to share code between projects. When combined with Semantic Versioning you can communicate clearly to your library users which changes are minor, or potentially breaking. The plugin will trim off the -SNAPSHOT suffix of your artifact version, run through all the stages to create your build artifacts, and push those artifacts to a remote registry such as Artifactory. It will also push a Git tag to your code repository, as well as increment your artifact version to prepare for further development.

This blogpost will run you through the steps to authenticate with both GitLab and Artifactory when running a Maven Release from GitLab CI.

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Running Dependabot on GitLab

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Tim te Beek

As a consultant I find myself alternating between GitLab and GitHub about once a year, depending on the assignment. While I like GitLab a lot, there’s one thing I had sorely missed whenever I switch back from GitHub: Dependabot. Dependabot scans your project dependencies, and creates merge requests whenever updates are found. This provides you with an easy way to keep up to date on dependencies, and notifies you early if there are any incompatibilities.

Even though there are alternatives such as snyk.io and even GitLab’s own Dependency Scanning, those don’t always support enterprise or partner installations of GitLab, require GitLab Ultimate, or don’t support the full range of package managers that Dependabot supports.

Luckily though, there’s now a Dependabot for GitLab project. This project is based on the same Open Source Dependabot Core, so you can get the exact same automated dependency updates on both platforms.

In this blogpost I’ll walk you through how you can quickly roll out Dependabot on an existing GitLab installation, so you can start updating your dependencies automatically.

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Automating hosting RevealJS slides on GitLab

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Deniz Turan

RevealJS is an awesome tool made with JavaScript, which allows you create slides for a presentation using HTML or if you use a plugin, Markdown. The great thing about that is, that you could have your slides in git, with proper version control. To run your slides, all you need is a web server which serves static content, for example you could do this locally using Python’s SimpleHttpServer. That’s where GitLab comes in, with GitLab pages you can host any static web content you want, so that’s what I will show in this blog, automatically hosting your RevealJS slides on GitLab with every commit of your slides.

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