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Using Python to Create Rundeck Plugins
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Damon Edwards
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You can write a Rundeck Workflow Step Plugin in almost any scripting language. Since Python is a popular language inside many Operations organizations, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Python is also a popular choice for writing Rundeck plugins. In this short video, Alex Honor gives a walkthrough of a Step Plugin written in Python. This particular plugin wraps the AWS S3 CLI tool to provide a more user friendly experience within Rundeck. 

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Quickly create a great user experience using Rundeck's Step Plugins
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Damon Edwards
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Have existing legacy scripts around which you want to put a more dynamic and guided user experience? Find yourself in situations where you know a quick script will do what you need, but you don't like the idea of exposing the script to other teams? Want a nicely integrated experience when you use Rundeck to call your custom tools? 

Rundeck Step Plugins are surprisingly easy to write. In just a few minutes, you can turn an existing script into a plugin that provides a powerful and polished user experience. Before Rundeck, a similar outcome would have required a large and expensive custom tool development effort.

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Interested in Rundeck and Ansible integration?
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Alex Honor

 

If you are a Rundeck customer or a community member who uses Ansible (or just poking around), we'd like to get your feedback about how you would like to see Ansible and Rundeck work together. 

We've setup a page that discusses the current Rundeck and Ansible integration via the rundeck-ansible plugin. Watch the video that demonstrates how the plugin synchronizes with the Ansible inventory and lets you run playbooks, modules or even your own scripts and commands.  

Check out the video and let us know what you can use now and what you would like to see.

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Development’s Role in Enabling Self-Service Operations
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Damon Edwards
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I presented at JAX DevOps London 2017 on the topic of self-service operations from the perspective of a developer. Below are some of the key slides and quick notes of the points being made. At the bottom you will find the full deck. 

My two main points were this:
1. Self-service operations improves capacity for everyone (including less bottlenecks and interrupts for developers)
2. Great operations starts in development and is as much a developers responsibility as anyone. 

The conversations that ensued were great and I really enjoyed the hospitality of the JAX team. 

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