Riccardo Padovani

I mainly throw fairy dust to clouds, blog boring stuff, and enjoy life.

No heroes needed


Being a hero is nice, isn’t it? You work hard, single-handedly save the day, and your teammates are eternally grateful to you. However, such behavior is, in fact, highly problematic.

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How to prepare for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam


The Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam evaluates your ability to operate a Kubernetes (K8s) cluster and your knowledge of how to run jobs over the cluster.

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Why K8s deployments need `matchLabels` keyword


To create a Kubernetes deployment, we must specify the matchLabels field, even though its value must match the one we specify in the template. But why? Cannot Kubernetes be smart enough to figure it out without us being explicit?

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Managing Helm CRDs with Terraform

terraform, helm, and kubernetes

Helm is a remarkable piece of technology to manage your Kubernetes deployments, and used along Terraform is perfect for deploying following the GitOps strategy.

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Why you should contribute to GitLab


Contributing to any open-source project is a great way to spend a few hours each month. I started more than 10 years ago, and it has ultimately shaped my career in ways I couldn’t have imagined!

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Managing Rust crates in private Git repositories

rust and gitlab

Rust is all hot these days, and it is indeed a nice language to work with. In this blog post, I take a look at a small challenge: how to host private crates in the form of Git repositories, making them easily available both to developers and CI/CD systems.

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The inconsistencies of AWS EKS IAM permissions

aws and security

AWS EKS is a remarkable product: it manages Kubernetes for you, letting you focussing on creating and deploying applications. However, if you want to manage permissions accordingly to the shared responsibility model, you are in for some wild rides.

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How to make Terraform waiting for cloud-init to finish on EC2 without SSH

aws and terraform

Terraform is a powerful tool. However, it has some limitations: since it uses AWS APIs, it doesn’t have a native way to check if an EC2 instance has completed to run cloud-init before marking it as ready. A possible workaround is asking Terraform to SSH on the instance, and wait until it is able to perform a connection before marking the instance as ready.

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Adding comments to the blog


After years of blogging, I’ve finally chosen to add a comment system, including reactions, to this blog. I’ve done so to make it easier engaging with the four readers of my blabbering: of course, it took some time to choose the right comment provider, but finally, here we are!

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Reading env variables from a Tauri App

tauri and javascript

“Build smaller, faster, and more secure desktop applications with a web frontend” is the promise made by Tauri. And indeed, it is a great Electron replacement. But being in its first days (the beta has just been released!) a bit of documentation is still missing, and on the internet there aren’t many examples on how to write code.

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