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Backstage Weekly 37 - Backstage for monorepos

Plus the latest great features released... a search modal and steps towards Tech Insights.

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2 min read

How to model monorepos in Backstage

There are multiple different ways to represent monorepos in Backstage, each with its own setup, benefits and drawbacks. We show you how to do it in your situation.

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David Tuite

7 min read

Backstage Weekly 36 - Backstage Unconference tomorrow!

Also, work has started on Tech Insights and TechDocs is now slightly easier to set up.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Backstage Weekly 35 - Join us at the first Backstage Unconference

A look at the upcoming Backstage events for your calendar. Plus, learn about the new Prometheus plugin, Bugsnag plugin and dependency mapping plugins.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 34 - The first ever Backstage job post?

Multiple companies demo their internal Backstage deployments and we round up the PRs merged in the past few weeks.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Plugins migration to monorepo

Major change in the way we handle our plugins.

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Irma Solakovic

3 min read

GitHub Apps - How to avoid leaking your customer’s source code with GitHub apps

How to avoid leaking your customer’s source code with GitHub apps.

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Brian Fletcher

9 min read

Backstage Weekly 33 - TechDocs search is here

Backstage now supports searching TechDocs in three different search engines. Learn about the pros and cons of each.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage TechDocs - How to embed lucid chart diagrams

TechDocs converts markdown files to Backstage docs so your engineering teams can find them and it is very useful. But how do we embed diagrams from lucid chart.

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Brian Fletcher

1 min read

Backstage Weekly 32 - July community contributions recap

The Backstage maintainers were on summer vacation for the month of July, but this didn't stop the contributions from flowing. 200 pull requests were merged during this holiday month.

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David Tuite

3 min read

How to model software in Backstage

How to use Backstage concepts — components, APIs, systems and domains — to model software and represent the relationships between different pieces of code.

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David Tuite

8 min read

Backstage Weekly 29 - Search V1 release & easier plugin maintenance

Backstage search reaches the v1 alpha milestone and plugin maintenance is about to get a whole lot easier.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 28 - A guide to adopting Backstage

Plus... a recap of community session 4 and a look at the new Backstage catalog UI.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Backstage Weekly 27 - Expedia Case Study

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David Tuite

2 min read

Backstage Weekly 26 - Spotify's product story

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David Tuite

3 min read

Developer portals are a superpower

A rebuttal of a post by AWS guru Corey Quinn, who claims that developer portals are an anti-pattern.

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David Tuite

4 min read

Backstage Weekly 25 - View your org chart inside Backstage

How Spotify use Backstage to form a collective knowledge graph and control cloud costs.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Backstage Weekly 24 - Code coverage plugin and growing Backstage team

Code coverage plugin, use cases for security and compliance, and both the Spotify and Roadie teams are growing.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 23 - Plugin composability update

The last pieces are in place for the new Backstage plugin composability API. All the links you need are below. We also have a technical TechDocs deep dive. Try saying that 10 times fast!

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage TechDocs - How it works

TechDocs converts markdown files to Backstage docs so your engineering teams can find them. But how does it work and how do you set it up?

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David Tuite

6 min read

Backstage Weekly 22 - Progress made on Backstage search

Search begins its migration to the backend, read only mode and some catalog importer improvements.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 21 - Spotify story - Why OSS Backstage succeeded

Backstage was announced 1 year ago. We look at how Spotify developed the internal skills required to launch Backstage to its current heights.

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David Tuite

4 min read

Backstage Weekly 20 - Upcoming meetups and Kubernetes CRD support

Heads up on two upcoming Backstage meetups and a roundup of the latest merged pull requests.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Backstage Weekly 19 - Custom actions for the scaffolder

The latest beta of the scaffolder opens up a world of potential for templating applications. We run through an example below.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 18 - How Spotify drove Backstage adoption

A recap of the first Backstage community session and a look at some new features which dropped last week.

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David Tuite

4 min read

Deploying Backstage application to AWS ECS Fargate

How to deploy Backstage to AWS Elastic Container Service (ECS) using the Fargate serverless computing engine to run Docker containers

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Jussi Hallila

18 min read

Backstage Weekly 17 - Next steps for the scaffolder

A look at Spotify's plans for the scaffolder in the early part of 2021.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 16 - Upcoming Backstage community meetup 👯

Make sure you don't miss the first community meetup of 2021. Also, get a preview of an upcoming Roadie feature.

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David Tuite

3 min read

How to deploy Backstage on KIND Kubernetes

How to build and run Backstage on a local Kubernetes cluster created with KIND.

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David Tuite

7 min read

Backstage Weekly 15 - Happy 1 year anniversary to Backstage 🎂

Three new plugins were launched in the last week. Plus, 3 great features have kicked off.

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David Tuite

4 min read

Backstage Weekly 14 - 3 high potential internal Backstage features

So much has happened in the year since Backstage was released. Let's look forward to see what the future might have in store.

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David Tuite

4 min read

Backstage Weekly 13 - Updated roadmap for 2021

A look forward at the Backstage roadmap in H1 2021 and backwards to the merges that happened in December.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 12 - Pagerduty plugin, Org plugin and external TechDocs storage

The Pagerduty plugin, API graphs and an update to the Sentry plugin also included.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 11 - TechDocs Production Architecture

When to use various TechDocs architectures and a look at their roadmap for the next 6 months. 🛣

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David Tuite

5 min read

Backstage Weekly 10 - Easier service onboarding

Onboard your services to Backstage by using the GitHub repo importer that Roadie has developed and contributed.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 8 - The search for search is almost over

Lots of potential building up as we near year's end. The Backstage search plugin is nearly ready.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Backstage Weekly 7 - Open Governance

Backstage joins Kubernetes and other notable projects in adopting an open governance model. 🤝

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 6 - Backstage Kubernetes Plugin

The Backstage Kubernetes plguin - What it does and how it can help you.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Backstage Weekly 5 - Backstage for websites

The fifth edition of the Roadie Backstage Weekly newsletter. Tracking website performance over time with Backstage.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 4 - Cost Insights

The fourth edition of the Roadie Backstage Weekly newsletter. Managing cloud costs by shifting left with Backstage.

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David Tuite

3 min read

Backstage Weekly 3 - CNCF Sandbox

The third edition of the Roadie Backstage Weekly newsletter. Backstage has been donated to the CNCF.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Roadie Rundown 2 - New Backstage version released

The first edition of the Roadie Newsletter. The pieces are starting to come together.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Roadie Rundown 1 - Docs in Backstage

The first edition of the Roadie Newsletter. Find service documentation without NSA-level discovery skills.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Using GitHub Auth with Backstage

Setting up GitHub authentication can be a little tricky, but this post will tell you everything you need to know.

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David Tuite

2 min read

Running the Backstage service catalog with Docker Compose

How to build and run Backstage Docker containers to get started with the service catalog in Docker Compose.

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David Tuite

8 min read

How to use the Backstage Lighthouse plugin.

The first plugin shipped by the Backstage team is a Lighthouse plugin. It allows you to track your website speed over time in Backstage.

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David Tuite

4 min read