Hey all, new to Pulumi here coming from a few year...
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Hey all, new to Pulumi here coming from a few years of Terraform usage. One of the problems I feel Terraform hasn't solved well yet is modeling necessary imperative steps within the declarative configuration. For example, if I need to run some script with inputs from the creation of a resource, and have another resource depend on that script's output, it's certainly doable but clunky. It seems like Pulumi is in a good position to solve these problems but there's nothing really native yet. The closest thing I could find is this provisioners strategy. I've used this now to create a couple of provisioners: an "S3StaticReactProvisioner" that runs yarn to build a client side react app with necessary environment config baked in, and then runs aws sync to S3; a "DBProvisioner" that ensures any necessary SQL setup is performed (depends on an RDS resource) prior to spinning up an ECS Fargate task that requires it; and I'm considering an Ansible provisioner as well. Of course I could have scripts that run pulumi + psql + ansible, or other strategies through code, but I want to maintain the declarative-first approach and rely on Pulumi for intelligent dependency management. Is Pulumi planning on expanding this concept? It seems like a great opportunity for people to build provisioners and publish them on NPM / other package distribution systems for others to take advantage of. Or are there limitations I don't understand yet that hinder this?
It sounds like you are looking for the Automation API! https://www.pulumi.com/blog/automation-api/
Yeah this looks exactly in line with how I've been thinking about it. I'll have to dig in and start playing with it. Thanks @bored-oyster-3147!
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wow this is huge