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11 April 2022

Accelerate And Simplify Cloud Native Development For Kubernetes Environments With Gefyra - E359

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Cloud native architectures have been gaining prominence for the past few years due to the rising popularity of Kubernetes. This introduces new complications to development workflows due to the need to integrate with multiple services as you build new components for your production systems. In order to reduce the friction involved in developing applications for cloud native environments Michael Schilonka created Gefyra. In this episode he explains how it connects your local machine to a running Kubernetes environment so that you can rapidly iterate on your software in the context of the whole system. He also shares how the Django Hurricane plugin lets your applications work closely with the Kubernetes process model.


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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Michael Schilonka about Gefyra and what is involved with developing applications for Kubernetes environments


  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • Can you describe what Gefyra is and the story behind it?
  • What are the challenges that Kubernetes introduces to the development process?
    • What are some of the strategies that developers might use for developing and testing applications that are deployed to Kubernetes environments?
  • What are the use cases that Gefyra is focused on enabling?
    • What are some of the other tools or platforms that Gefyra might replace or supplement?
  • What are the services that need to be present in the K8s cluster to enable Gefyra’s functionality?
  • Can you describe how Gefyra is implemented?
    • How have the design and goals of the project changed since you first started working on it?
  • What is the process for getting Gefyra set up between a K8s cluster and a developer’s laptop?
  • Can you describe what the developer’s workflow looks like when using Gefyra?
    • How do you avoid collisions/resource contention among a team of developers who are working on the same project?
  • What are some of the ways that developing for Kubernetes influences the architectural and design decisions for a project?
  • What are some of the additional practices or systems that you have found to be beneficial for accelerating development in cloud-native environments?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Gefyra used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Gefyra?
  • When is Gefyra the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Gefyra?

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