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Nikita

Introduction

Automation is central when operating and scaling complex systems. The more servers and services there are to manage, the harder it gets for a team to fulfill their operational duties without proper automation in place.

Purpose

Automation is a workforce multiplier that helps teams to manage ever-growing infrastructure but it can do much more:

  • Confidence
    Provide the accuracy that no human could achieve.
  • Consistency
    Repeat the same process multiple times on multiple nodes with the same results.
  • Refinement
    Extend functionalities and improve reliability by incrementing the coverage of your processes.
  • Center of focus
    Liberate the minds and save time for a more important engineering workforce.
  • Productivity
    Make processes faster with less room for mistakes.
  • Continuous enhancement
    Enable more safeguards over time in all stages of a process.
  • Empowerment
    Empower users to do otherwise difficult or impossible tasks in a self-service manner.
  • Time to Market
    Accelerate deployments for both users and system administrators, with shorter and fewer interruptions.

Audience

A constant objective has been to optimize and facilitate the classical developer and operator workflow of writing, testing, versioning, configuring, and deploying. Here's our approach:

  • Write
    Writing code should be easy. We didn't want to impose a new language, particularly a templating language. We choose the Node.js platform because JavaScript is a widely adopted language, it is not too hard to learn otherwise and its package ecosystem is rich. Internally, we choose CoffeeScript over JavaScript for its expressivity and you are free to choose whichever language you like.
  • Test
    We carefully crafted a comprehensive and intuitive API. The code is easy is comprehend and it looks good. It makes the writing of tests a pleasant experience, we hope you will agree with us.
  • Versioning
    In Nikita, everything is a file. No database to persist states, no agent to deploy and monitor, no server to expose any API. You could implement such dependencies but you are not forced to. Because everything is a file, it is very easy to version your source code with any SCM (Git, Mercurial...) and rely on NPM, the Node.js package manager, to package your code and its release versions.
  • Configure
    Passing configuration properties, whether it comes from a flat file, process argument, or a database, is super easy, just pass a vanilla JavaScript object to your actions.
  • Deploy
    Because it only relies on files, deploying Nikita projects is easy. The code can entirely be stored in a version control system like Git and is quickly integrated into a CI/CD workflow if requested. There is nothing to install on the target machine and Nikita itself will not install anything either for its purpose. On the host machine, only the Node.js engine to execute the code and NPM to deploy its dependency is expected.
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Nikita is an open source project hosted on GitHub and developed by Adaltas.