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K8s YAML Alternative: Java

In a previous set of posts I have shown examples using JSON, .NET, and Terraform instead of YAML. This post is going to show another alternative using Java. I will be using the same Kubernetes object to allow comparison.

YAML Object

We are going to create a busybox pod. This manifest isn’t a super simple example, nor is it a complex example. This manifest should allow demonstrating the differences. Here is the pod YAML.

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
  name: busybox
  - image: busybox
      - sleep
      - "3600"
    imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
    name: busybox
  restartPolicy: Always

Now we can save this as busybox.yaml and create it on our cluster.

$ kubectl apply -f busybox.yaml
pod/busybox created

Now let’s take a look at this in Java.


This example is going to leverage the Kubernetes Client for Java. Let’s create a basic Java console application, I am using IntelliJ to accomplish this task.

Now we can setup our client, create our object, and execute the Java.

package net.phillipsj.k8sjava;

import io.kubernetes.client.openapi.ApiClient;
import io.kubernetes.client.openapi.ApiException;
import io.kubernetes.client.openapi.Configuration;
import io.kubernetes.client.openapi.apis.CoreV1Api;
import io.kubernetes.client.openapi.models.V1Pod;
import io.kubernetes.client.openapi.models.V1PodBuilder;
import io.kubernetes.client.util.Config;


public class Main {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException, ApiException {
        ApiClient client = Config.defaultClient();

        CoreV1Api api = new CoreV1Api();

        V1Pod pod =
                new V1PodBuilder()
                        .addToCommand("sleep", "3600")

        api.createNamespacedPod("default", pod, null, null, null);

Now, if we get all pods, we should see it running.

$ kubectl get pods 
busybox-java      1/1     Running   0          30m

Don’t forget to clean up your cluster by deleting the object.

$ kubectl delete pod busybox-java
pod "busybox-java" deleted

Wrap Up

The key take away from this is that you don’t have to use YAML. As with any markup, an excellent tool goes a long way in making it more manageable. If you are already using Java in your environment, then I would recommend you trying out the Kubernetes client to see if it meets your needs or not. I am not a big fan of Java, I do have to save the builder syntax is pretty nice. You don’t have to use the builder syntax if you don’t want.

Stay tuned for more alternatives.

Thanks for reading,


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