Create, provision & share your dev environment in minutes.
Baker is a super slick developer tool for provisioning development environments (vms, containers).
2 years ago
Baker, a simple tool for provisioning virtual machines and containers
After 10 years of industry and teaching nearly 1000 students various software engineering courses, including a specialized course on DevOps, I saw one common problem that has not gotten better. It was amazing to see how difficult and widespread the simple problem of installing and configuring software tools and dependencies was for everyone.
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Thomas Schranz ⛄️
Founder at 🍄Magic, 🌊Lemmings, 🔥Mithril
can you share with us a bit of the motivation behind 🍞 Baker and how it compares to existing tools for managing dev environments?
## Why After 10 years of industry and teaching nearly 1000 students various software engineering courses, including a specialized course on DevOps, I saw one common problem that has not gotten better. It was amazing to see how difficult and widespread the simple problem of installing and configuring software tools and dependencies was for everyone. The combination of versions and variations in tools, programming language, services, and operating system creates immense complexity. This is when I started teaching the idea of introducing **computing environments**. > Computing environments are for running code, not writing code. To use a computing environment, you can use your host operating system to write code, interact with the running program, and visualize its executions. But the code itself runs in a headless virtual machine (or container). To accomplish this, we use a set of tools to enable you to map files and program between your host environment and computing environment. To build computing environments, we started with a mix of tools including vagrant, docker, ansible. After a semester of teaching students these tools, they were able to successfully do great things; the however, training required to learn these tools requires a large investment. ## Baker We built baker to allow anyone to create their own computing environments without needing to know specialized tooling and to allow users to get to speed quickly. Bakelets are modules that install components such as a language (nodejs, python, java), tool (latex, jupyter), or service (mysql, docker, neo4j). So far, we've created dozens of different computing environments for different research and software projects by just composing the bakelets. Our goal is to provide a set of curated components that make it easy to build the most common types of computing environments needed. We also support the ability to create custom bakelets. Long-term, we will integrate research we have that takes advantage of our ability to auto-discover dependencies and set those up as needed. Baker also tries to include sane defaults for everything. For example, if you include a python or nodejs bakelet, we will automatically run package managers associated with your project. We create a shared folder for your code. You can easily ssh into your environment with `baker ssh`. Finally, one technical goal we have with baker is to minimize the amount of system dependencies needed. On Mac/Linux, Baker has no dependencies --- it is possible to create a computing environment without any virtualization tools (VirtualBox).
Founder of Upscri.be
I literally just had a conversation about this yesterday with another dev I work with. Awesome solution! 👏
Irene Del Carmen Pérez-Merbis
Coding It´s gonna get better!