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The tech scene has largely converged to the understanding that configuration as code is a good mantra.

I wonder when would we embrace the idea of management as code?

As an engineer, I think the largest win of configuration as code over the previously existing practices is that we have killed drag-and-drops and other UI-based operations in favor of configuration files.

And when configuration is stored in human-readable files, it allows us to follow best engineering practices, most importantly reproducibility, code reviews, and integration testing.

If some configuration, say, a new environment or a new deployment, has succeeded once, it can be projected to succeed the next time with, ideally, zero extra cost. If some configuration has succeeded at altering the state of three servers, it’s a great start on the path to correctly altering the state of 10, 100, and 1000 machines. …



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