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You Should Have Your Own Pi Server

As a programmer, delving into the realms of DevOps and local infrastructure is not just beneficial, it's a cornerstone for skill development. Let me explain why having your own Raspberry Pi server is essential.

The Importance of a Local Server

Having a local server like a Raspberry Pi allows you to experiment in a safe environment. You can break things, rebuild them, and learn without the fear of affecting live systems.

Experimentation Leads to Mastery

The heart of innovation in programming lies in the freedom to experiment. A Raspberry Pi server provides this freedom, allowing you to test new software, stress-test your applications, and gain hands-on experience with server management.

Understanding DevOps

DevOps is not just a set of practices, it's a culture that emphasizes the collaboration between software development and IT operations. By managing your own Pi server, you get a fundamental understanding of this culture.

Why Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi is a small, affordable computer that can be used for a variety of projects. It's a great way to learn about servers and infrastructure without breaking the bank.

My Raspberry Pi Setup

I run two Raspberry Pi servers: one as a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and the other for monitoring service uptime with Uptime Kuma, among other experimental services.

NAS Server

- Model: Raspberry Pi 4 model B WiFi DualBand Bluetooth 4GB RAM 1,5GHz
- Storage: 4TB HDD
- Services: Open Media Vault
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Uptime Kuma Server

- Model: Raspberry Pi 4B WiFi 2GB RAM
- Function: Monitoring service uptime
- Services: Uptime Kuma
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Why You Should Consider It

  • Skill Development: Managing a server enhances your knowledge beyond just writing code.
  • Understanding Infrastructure Learn about networks, storage, and security firsthand.
  • DevOps Practices: Implement continuous integration and deployment in a contained environment.

Conclusion

Every programmer should step into the world of servers and infrastructure. It's not just about understanding how to code but also how to deploy, manage, and ensure the resilience of your applications. A Raspberry Pi is an affordable, effective way to start this journey.

Start small, but think big. Your journey into understanding the full lifecycle of software development is just a Pi away.

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Lev Nahar • Edited

I love Raspberry pi! I am the proud owner of about 10 of them. They are quite expensive right now so I suggest to try VMs instead, for folks who cannot afford an Rpi right now. If you have a PC you can emulate Linux for free using software such as virtualbox.

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Anders Persson

Windows 10 and 11 you, just activate WSL2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux) and install linux from Windows Store, i run Ubuntu like this.
If on a Chromebook you can activate Linux to, i have a Chromebook when travelling and use linux part for development, works great.

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Lev Nahar

I find WSL difficult to run specific tools on because of dependency issues, but overall it is okay!

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Syki • Edited

Wow, ten is a lot. Can i know, what do you have on them?

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Lev Nahar

Some are retro game emulation consoles, some run Kali Linux, some are various home servers. Some are brand new and just laying in my drawer.

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Paweł Ciosek

Thank you! Great article! 👏 What you think about using docker containers as cheaper way of learning devOps?

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Anurag Vishwakarma

Docker is the great way to self host anything I’m running 43 containers on my Pi 4B .

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Syki

I use docker on my PI's, so you can have both 😂

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Grigor Khachatryan

Nice article. I have 5 of them, each with its own purpose, but I was thinking of joining all of them to a Kubernetes cluster for more experiments.

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Syki

I love this idea, this is my plan for the future.

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Viv.esProcSPL

Great Article !