Get the latest news, deep dives into Backstage features, and a roundup of recent open-source action.
Go SDK with CLI access, Fixed Stack Overflow plugin,
There are also great updates in Backstage this week: New Go SDK: access the Backstage API through the CLI and use it in Go apps. The Stack Overflow plugin now supports PAT authentication. New in: what is Platform Engineering, according to the CNCF (with a Backstage mention
Simplified Microsoft Auth, Scaffolder breaking change, first Project Area Maintainers
Some Backstage updates and mind a small heads-up: Microsoft (ie. Azure) Auth provider now manages more complexity, so you don’t have to. The first Project Area Maintainers are now listed on GitHub! Watch out for errors in your Scaffolder templates: a bug was introduced in the `EntityPicker` in 1.12
Paginated Catalog results (!), fast link to API Docs
I’m super excited to share that the epic quest to add paginated results to the Catalog entities list has been merged! In other upcoming news, you’ll soon have a faster way to access API Docs from the dependencies widgets. We also present three new vendor integration plugins.
Markdown in Scaffolder actions, reusable components
Get ready to beat the so-called “blue Monday” with some good Backstage news. This week I’m highlighting that you can now use markdown in Scaffolder action descriptions, import Scaffolder’s reusable components, and customize the shell app in which you preview TechDocs while writing them.
RCE vulnerability, Events API, incremental entities, security
Alright, y’all, buckle up! I’m bringing you huge news this week. First is an invitation to upgrade past Backstage 1.5 (if you haven’t), then I’ll review the new exciting Events API, and finally introduce the new incremental entity provider.
Upcoming Backstage talks!
We’re two weeks away from the very first BackstageCon in Detroit. The featured talks will give you a chance to learn directly from the maintainers, do more with Backstage, and get adoption tips. If you’re not attending this time, don’t worry! All talks will be recorded and made available shortly after the conference.
Scaffolder custom functions and links in your templates
Recently, I’ve noticed a general uptick in the Scaffolder’s usage both at Roadie and other adopters. This week, I highlight two new contributions to the Scaffolder: the ability to define custom functions for your templates and adding links to them. Both of these will prove handy for everyone using software templates!
Backstage 1.6, entities playlists, Azure resources
The new version of Backstage is out and brings exciting new features and a security fix in the Scaffolder. You can now create collections of entities with the Playlist plugin. There’s also a new Azure plugin and an interesting case study about SoundCloud’s adoption journey.
Filter GitHub repos, entity validation, OSS Summit
This week features contributions from the community in the Catalog to mitigate the rate-limits problem by filtering repositories, and an entity validator in the Catalog Client. If you are attending OSS Summit Europe this week, don’t miss out on Backstage at the event.
Backstage Security audit, upcoming events, paginated Pull Requests hub
The CNCF sponsored a security audit of the framework, and its results are out! This week, the third Backstage Users Unconference will take place virtually, and BackstageCon Detroit agenda is confirmed! The contribution highlight of the week is the ability to show more than 10 PRs in the Pull Requests Hub plugin.
Backstage keeps evolving to support a wider array of teams. This week, we’ve seen two exciting new features for those using gRPC—the modern open source high performance Remote Procedure Call framework—: support for API Docs and a live playground. Before we get there, let me celebrate how fast Backstage is growing!