On Library Dependencies and API Evolution

As maintainer for publicly available libraries one sometimes has to answer feature requests or handle feedback about missing features of the library. How does one prepare for different requirements? I’d like to tell you how and why I opted to implement yet another docker http client on my own and I’ll also try to explain where I see its benefits and disadvantages. not invented here syndrome? You have probably seen several Docker remote api client libraries for different environments or programming languages.

Gradle-Docker-Plugin and Docker-Client available

In line with our deployment pipeline written in Gradle and using Docker, we currently use Groovy’s process execution methods to talk with a command line Docker client. That way we make ourselves dependent to an installed Docker client on our CI servers. Since we don’t like to provide a bunch of specific CI servers, I started to implement a HTTP client for Docker, written in Groovy. The reason not to use existing Java implementations of such a Docker client was simply timing: some months ago the now completely rewritten Java Docker API Client wasn’t so well maintained than today… and, well, I like to play with new tools and wanted to explore the Docker remote API for myself.