Skip to main content

Interview with Daniel Ko — Google Summer of Code 2021

Sep 7, 2021 by Nikema Prophet

I’m personally excited about this year’s Google Summer of Code (GSoC) project try.spinnaker.io. Daniel Ko is the student who worked with Armory mentors and the Continuous Delivery Foundation to complete the project. After his midterm demo, I asked Daniel some questions about the project and why he chose it.

Nikema Prophet: What inspired you to work with the Spinnaker Project for GSoC?

NP: We’re midway through GSoC, have you had any challenges that were particularly satisfying to overcome?

NP: Do you have any examples of getting unblocked?

NP: What is something you’re excited about or looking forward to?

NP: Has your ​​experience so far matched up with the expectations you had coming into the program?

NP: Is there anything you need from the Spinnaker community right now?

NP: Any news to share or amplify?

Thank you, Daniel, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions. The demo looks awesome and I can’t wait to try out the beta!


Additional Insights from the Mentors

This year was the second year that Armory provided mentors to GSoC for the open source Spinnaker project. For this Armory blog post I asked the mentors Cameron Motevasselani, Dan Johnston, and Fernando Freire how it went from the mentor’s perspective. They had great things to say about Daniel.

On working with Daniel (and what he did well)

  • It “was a great experience.”
  • “He came up with a plan of attack, broke the project up into doable parts with milestones.”
  • It was an “ambitious project and he delivered.”

On overcoming technical challenges

  • “Daniel’s work touched many different areas, requiring help from different mentors. Having multiple mentors with a variety of experience helped. “
  • As a team, they implemented role-based access control (RBAC) to prevent abuse of service.

Advice for future GSoC mentees

  • “Be prepared to do research prior to diving into coding”
  • “Break the project down into achievable milestones”

A callout of Daniel’s technical skills

  • Locking down the instance and creating a plugin to modify RBAC was impressive.

A final thought

A great amount was accomplished even with a shorter project time this year.

Recently Published Posts

Welcoming 2022: Reflecting and looking forward

Dec 22, 2021
|
by Jim Douglas

Nearly all cultures globally have some form of celebration marking the Winter Solstice. Common threads found in most observances of the annual event are celebration of family and friends (living and past), reflection of the past year, and some form of giving thanks for continued health and sustenance. Exiting 2021, said celebrations would seem especially […]

Read more

Resiliency and Load distribution

Dec 16, 2021
|
by Daniel Gonzalez

Introduction When scaling a network service, there are always two concerns: resiliency and load distribution, to understand these concepts let us first understand the broader term “Redundancy”. Redundancy is the duplication of a component to increase reliability of the system, usually in the form of a backup, fail-safe, or to improve actual system performance. Resiliency […]

Read more

CVE-2021-44228 – log4j (Log4Shell) – an analysis

Dec 10, 2021
|
by Jason McIntosh

Today marked a 0-day disclosure of a rather nasty vulnerability in one of the most commonly used frameworks for logging – log4j.  This one is nasty on multiple levels.  Note that Armory Enterprise is NOT affected by this vulnerability.  The impact on this vulnerability is likely huge and is already being exploited.  Additionally it can […]

Read more