State of the Union
That's a really good question, isn't it? After all, there is a new templator or scaffolder practically daily.
So let's start by agreeing, that you don't want to set up your environment each time and you need to be able to make updates across several projects all at different stages. Next, you're not special. You don't need a customized to the 'T' workflow. Releasing things is pretty standard these days in all major languages. Sure you can customize it, but you don't need your own.
Web Development in 2020 "has a high bar with a tremendous amount of tools" said Elad Ben-Israel, projen's creator. Stop wasting time cutting and pasting then working for months to shake out the kinks. No, you are not crazy, this setup is NOT trivial. It took the AWS CDK team themselves MONTHS to get this right.
To quote Amazon Web Services, this is "undifferentiated heavy lifting" -- focus on your business value.
Finally, why do you want to be building and changing this underneath of the contributors causing rework? If you have it on day 1, your time-to-market is drastically decreased which leads to faster customer feedback cycles and intimacy.
What is projen
To put it simply, projen is A CDK for software projects. So now we have:
- AWS CDK
- Kubernetes CDK
- Terraform CDK
- Software CDK (projen)
I would be remiss to not point out that both the Kubernetes CDK, awslabs/cdk8s, and Terraform CDK, hashicorp/terraform-cdk both already use projen.
All CDKs are based on Amazon's Constructs, (which also uses projen). They come with a CLI and Development Kit (API). In short, you set up an
Object in code and then
synthesize the representation to disk. This opens up the full power of programming languages. If you are sick of the issues with
Azure Blue Prints, or the like then this is for you.
This does not mean you shouldn't use
YAML et al, after all, they are being called the assembly language of the web. Does anyone here want to write x86 NASM or Intel-based assembly? Then don't! Work in a higher-level language like
Java, or soon
GoLang. I'm betting
Rust is next. All of these are in reach due to projen being based on JSII.
Trust me it will change your life - JOIN us in THE #TemplatesAreEvil MOVEMENT!
About the projen community today
Today, the main community hubs are the CDK.dev Slack #projen channel and the GitHub project.
Launching with this blog is projen's GitHub Awesome List. You'll want to spend a few minutes reviewing this to see what's out there.
The list itself is created by a projen external project type
which just shows how extensible projen really is. Also that both the list and project were built end-2-end in 2 days complete with CI/CD, releasing, approvals, and linting.
If I was a betting person, and I am, I would bet that the
awesome-projen list represents about 10% of what's out there for projen.
There is going to be a monthly video community meeting hosted by Elad starting in January 2021. You can sign up for the invites with this Google Group. The first meeting will be Wed January 20, 2021, 12-~1p PST.
Where is projen going next
Start with the Vision. Then move onto the Roadmap:
- Multi-language support: ideally
projenrcshould be in the same language as your application code.
- External components & projects: projen new should be able to list project types from registered 3rd party modules so we can grow the ecosystem easily.
- Components: re-think/re-factor how components and projects interact to allow more modular and composable usage.
- Discoverability of external components/modules through the CLI
- Support projenrc in YAML (fully declarative, if one desires)
- projen SCRIPT: make the CLI extensible so it can become the project entry point (instead of e.g. yarn/npm, etc).
- CLI bash & zsh completion
After that, you're going to have to look at
prs, but I've summed up the big-ticket items below for you
mkdocscomponent which will also host the formal docs site
LambdaFunction project (touches on AWS SAM)
- Dependency modeling
- Integration tests for Applications
- Direct deploy to AWS from
How to contribute
Join the slack channel and say hello. Use it. Send a
pr to extend it. But most importantly have fun and enjoy the community. Community Over Code!
Top comments (10)
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I still don't understand what projen is/does. 🤔
Basically, it generates your repo from TypeScript with a massive tons of bells and whistles and provides out-of-the-box capabilities for many things like AWS CDK
The best part is that this generated repo is actually maintained and can be updated any time.
truth. I've probably updated projen 500+ times in December across 30+ repos. It didn't take me very long...........
You might want to add that although Projen was conceived with the Constructs programming model in mind, it no longer uses the Amazon's Constructs package.
It will in the future, its part of the plan
Thank you Phil for a detailed post!
I read this article thinking CDK was talking about Material CDK. I learned a new thing today as this is about Amazon CDK which stands for Cloud Development Kit.
So did I which is quite helpful considering I'm working on MKdocs for projen!