Backstage Weekly 58 - Scaffolder custom functions and links in your templates

Published on October 3rd, 2022 by Jorge Lainfiesta

Hi y’all! 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!

Define custom functions for your templates

Defining custom functions for your Scaffolder template can be useful to bring dynamic values into it, for example, to randomize the name of a PR. Roadie’s kissmikijr, recent contribution enabled you to define these by configuring nunjuck’s globals.

Check out the original PR for an example, this feature will be released shortly as part of @backstage/plugin-scaffolder-backend!


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Simplify your user’s experience by referencing a template’s documentation directly on the Scaffolder. Thanks to MiniMarker, you’ll be able to set up links for your templates. This feature also comes with a spoiler of the upcoming Scaffolder UI restructuring initiative.

Screenshot: links in templates


Talk to you next week!

Jorge L

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