What is Brine?
Simply put: A build system for Salt Formulas
I started Brine years ago when I worked for another company to help people get started building Salt Formulas without requring them know Salt or read our internal Style Guide for writing Formulas. The original scope was small and so rather than being a build system, it is currently more of a Salt Formula initializer. However, I do see a need in the Salt community for something a but more than just an initializer. I think Brine can fill that gap.
Why Rewrite at all?
the current implementation of Brine is written in Python. This is mostly because Salt is in Python and I can somewhat write Python myself. Also I was around many, many people who knew Python very well.
Why Rewrite in Go?
Someone I worked with when I was working on Brine, build a tool to make it easier to work with GPG encrypted Pillar. In that tool, I see ways Brine to be able to integrate and leverage what he built.
Also, I here are some other reasons I want to work on this in Go:
- I have not really had a chance to write any Go in about two years and I didn't know much to begin with, so I'd like to re-familiarize myself with the language while building something that I already know what I expect from a working implementation.
- Statically-linked binary makes it easy for people to get started with Brine.
- Go's strong community.
This project is part of:
Hack Week 17