Overcoming technical hurdles

The first version of Packstack was, technically speaking, pretty simple. The next release will be more complex. Many of the features users requested required alterations to the database.

I decided to use NodeJS with express and sequelize for this project. In the past, I've used Python with flask and sqlalchemy, but I wanted to take the opportunity to learn something new.

This past weekend, I finally wrapped up most of the database modifications and wrote the migration scripts. This last part – writing the migration scripts – was something I was dreading for a long time. Sequelize has a cli migration tool but it's not bulletproof and requires you to have a solid understanding of the underlying technology if you're deviating from the docs at all.

Anyways, I'm happy to say that I've emerged from the pit of database migrations. I documented my steps and wrote some custom scripts so that when I return to the land of migrations, which is unavoidable, it'll go much more smoothly.

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