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GitProtect - GitLab Backup Best Practices

· 10 min read

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Security, availability, solidity - that’s what comes to mind when somebody mentions GitLab. This Git hosting service is one of the most trustworthy when it comes to security. Thus, no surprise that more than 30M developers worldwide have already chosen to build their source code on GitLab.

However, what if your data is still at risk regardless of all the security measures the service provider has? Yeap… that’s true. And the best way to have peace of mind that your GitLab source code and metadata information remain safe and available in any event of failure is backup.

Never reinvent the wheel again in your CI/CD

· 3 min read
Aurélien Coget
CEO & Co-Founder of R2Devops


Tired of reinventing the wheel every time you start a new project? R2Devops not only puts an end to this tiresome cycle but also transforms the way your developers interact with and reuse code within your organization.

🤯 The CI/CD experience

❌ Without R2Devops:

In the pre-R2Devops era, developers often scoured various sources, from existing projects to the vast expanses of the internet, in search of code snippets and configurations. This scattered approach led to inconsistency, wasted time, and the risk of incorporating suboptimal solutions.

✅ With R2Devops:

Your developers experience a paradigm shift. Templates become the backbone of your inner source culture. Imagine a centralized catalog of pre-approved, company-specific templates that developers can easily access. The days of searching the internet or project repositories are over.

Create a VSCode extension with React

· 7 min read


VSCode extension

Last week at R2Devops, I had the chance of writing a VSCode extension. Its purpose is to display the Public Marketplace of R2Devops once a .gitlab-ci.yml file is opened. This article will describe the process of creating a VSCode extension that shows a React Webview.

Writing a VSCode extension

The first step to create a VSCode extension is to create the extension folder and run npm init to create the package.json file. Then we can use the VSCode Yeoman extension generator to create the skeleton of the extension.

$ npm install -g yo generator-code
$ yo code


Here is the basic structure of the extension

├── .vscode
│ ├── launch.json // Config for launching and debugging the extension
│ └── tasks.json // Config for build task that compiles TypeScript
├── .gitignore // Ignore build output and node_modules
├── // Readable description of your extension's functionality
├── src
│ └── extension.ts // Extension source code
├── package.json // Extension manifest
├── tsconfig.json // TypeScript configuration
├── webview-ui // The webview directory that contains the React stuff

Each VS Code extension must have a package.json as its Extension Manifest. The package.json contains a mix of Node.js fields such as scripts and devDependencies and VS Code specific fields such as publisher, activationEvents and contributes. You can find description of all VS Code specific fields in Extension Manifest Reference. Here are some most important fields:

  • name and publisher: VS Code uses <publisher>.<name> as a unique ID for the extension. For example, the Hello World sample has the ID vscode-samples.helloworld-sample. VS Code uses the ID to uniquely identify your extension.

  • main: The extension entry point.

  • activationEvents and contributes: Activation Events and Contribution Points.

  • engines.vscode: This specifies the minimum version of VS Code API that the extension depends on.

Here are the basics, for further details, you can check the complete anatomy on the VSCode documentation.

Now that we have our Extension skeleton, we can start the design part with React.

R2Devops and to be continuous: collaborating to improve Open-Source CI/CD!

· 3 min read

In the world of CI/CD, there is currently a notable absence of projects that facilitate the knowledge sharing and collaboration among developers. This often results in developers duplicating efforts and reinventing the wheel. To address this issue, initiatives like R2Devops and to be continuous have emerged. These projects promote collaboration and innovation within the open source community, aiming to improve the quality and reusability of code in the world of CI/CD. Let's take a closer look at those projects 👇

What are R2Devops & to be continuous?

Both R2Devops and to be continuous are open-source projects that aim to simplify the process of creating CI/CD pipelines for developers on GitLab.

The R2Devops platform offers a marketplace of open source CI/CD templates that are versioned & documented. This allows developers to quickly and easily access a range of pipeline templates, saving them time and effort in building and maintaining their own pipelines from scratch.

Screenshot of R2Devops marketplace

Discover R2Devops GitLab CI/CD Marketplace

· 3 min read

When it comes to implementing a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline, developers are often faced with a plethora of options. However, finding a reliable and effective solution can be a daunting task. That's where R2Devops comes in 🔥

What is R2Devops GitLab CI/CD Marketplace?

R2Devops is an open source community that provides a marketplace of ready-to-use CI/CD templates for GitLab. Our mission is to provide a collaborative space for developers to find, share and contribute to CI/CD templates. We propose the R2 standard which has the value of providing templates that are documented, versioned and configurable.

GIF of the R2Devops&#39; Marketplace