There are multiple ways to follow the latest and greatest developments in OpenStack: blogs, mailing lists, IRC channels, git commits – you name it. The amount of information about OpenStack is growing every day and I have personally decided to limit drinking from this informational fire hose to occasional checks of the openstack-dev mailing list.
One of the things that I found particularly useful is to follow the discussions about interesting blueprints: at the end of the day all of the functionality available in OpenStack will go through this process. But often I find myself thinking: “I remember that there was a blueprint which provides this functionality and there was a huge discussion around it, but for some reason it was deferred or never has been implemented”. Yes, it is possible to master inbox search functionality and train your brain to keep all these hints in your head, but being lazy we decided to choose a different approach:
If all you have is a
hammer basic programming experience, everything looks like a nail candidate for an automation (luckily today’s technologies allow us to create prototypes like this in a couple of days). So we applied this precious gift in the following manner:
Now I can just select several blueprints to follow and monitor story development with several clicks. It doesn’t solve the “fire hydrant” problem, but at least it gives me gives a nice excerpt on the blueprints side. Give it a try and tell us what you think in the comments!