[kcdc 2022] building rugged devops pipelines with github

Speaker: Brian Gorman @blgorman

Repo: https://github.com/blgorman/codemash-rugged-devops

For more, see theĀ table of contents


  • Process, not product
  • Can’t buy tool (but can buy an existing team)
  • Goal: reduce cycle time form idea to production with minimal error
  • Automated testing
  • Gates – automated and human, quality, release
  • Avoid 2am support calls. Or at least only have to push a button to recover

Shift left

  • Less cost if find bug early
  • Reusable processes
  • Push quality upstream
  • Dev machine is as far left as can go
  • Build scanning tools into process
  • Sell the vision


  • Cloud env exists
  • Templates


  • .github/workflows – folder
  • Actions tab to see result


  • on: the triggers (ex: push, pull_request)
  • env: (ex: branch)
  • jobs: want you want to do
  • with: trigger another job

Infrastructure as Code

  • Declarative
  • Repeatable Results
  • Ensures no configuration drift
  • Azure has imperative and complete options for ARM templates – complete is destructive and dangerous. Anything added outside code deleted.
  • Tools – ARM templates (Bicep) , Terraform, Ansible, Puppet/Chef, Pulumi


  • App registration so github actions get access to Azure and add credential
  • Setup github token

SonarCloud Scanner

  • Most popular
  • Not free
  • Can choose whether to require fixing of warnings


  • Brining in dependencies without knowing
  • Alerts on insecure package
  • Options for security updates


  • Zap Scan
  • Baseline (lightweight) scan for pull requests
  • Full scan overnight
  • For penetration test, provide valid URL so can try to hit it
  • WhiteSource – GP Security Scan


  • Azure DevOps pipelines easier if new team
  • Azure DevOps has better gating
  • GitHub getting better.

My take

The room was full. When I walked in, Brian was talking. I was worried he started early, but did not. He was just talking to the audience who arrived early separate from the session. It was a good intro to github actions. Also if it has been a while (more features now.) I’m glad the code was in a repo so I could read it on my screen. I’m sitting in the back (because my talk is right after this and I need to leave early) and can’t read the code from here. It’s also nice to have as a reference. I also like that he covered integrations like Sonar.