Degasolv is a generic dependency resolver that exists independent of programming languages or systems. You can use it to easily declare the existence of files that your build depends on, version them, and retrieve the URLs of files which are of the correct versions. You can easily use these URLs in your builds to download everything the build needs.
Since Degasolv is a dependency resolver that is relatively technology-agnostic, you can declare dependencies between components that are not of the same technology. You can declare that a DLL depends on a pip package, or that in order to use an NPM package, a certain ruby gem file must be present as well.
Often when building software, multiple different components from multiple different teams must be used to create a larger build artifact. These components are “released” by different teams, and these teams each use different technologies, or the teams themselves do not use a dependency manager. As a build engineer, it’s your job to bring all of these components together to make the build work. Degasolv helps you do this. Some exmamples of people who might use degasolv are below. For a more detailed example, see A Longer Example.
- Sravan, a build engineer, is repsponsible for the deployment pipeline of his company’s cloud offering. There are several components created by different teams within his company, using totally different technologies: docker images, VM templates, and even PXE files are used to deploy different parts of the cloud stack. Each come from a different team, and each are released on different schedules. Sravan uses degasolv to version and track these artifacts and define relationships between them. He uses a CI build to get the URLs of every VM template, docker image, and PXE file, and places all these in a zip file which represents his entire cloud stack as a standalone build artifact, which can be promoted through environments and run through QA with minimal effort.
- Sheila, a build engineer, is responsible for the build of an microsoft installer which installs her company’s product. The installer contains python components, native code components, and ruby components. The installer also takes files from a self-extracting tarball created by a third-party vendor, which has its own dependencies. With degasolv, Sheila can track all of these files independently of where the files are actually located, and she can use degasolv to tell her the exact files she needs for her build.
- Daryl, a build engineer, is responsible for building a native code library (DLL or SO) file from the native code output from multiple teams. Each team releases their code as a zip file or tarball, but haven’t realy adopted a formal dependency resolver in their builds. Further, they are building code for microsoft as well as linux, and MSBuild files only support relative paths when referring to dependencies in a build. Daryl puts the zip archives on his NAS, and uses degasolv to resolve the dependencies of the library. Degasolv returns URLs for all the packages to Daryl, who then uses them in a script to download them and place them in the directories where they can be found by the MSBuild files. The build works flawlessly ;)