The YAML (“YAML Ain’t Markup Language”) configuration language sits at the heart of many modern applications including Kubernetes, Ansible, CircleCI, and Salt. After all, YAML offers many advantages, like readability, flexibility, and the ability to work with JSON files. But YAML is also a source of pitfalls and gotchas for the uninitiatied or incautious.
Many aspects of YAML’s behavior allow for momentary convenience, but at the cost of unexpected zigs or zags later on down the line. Even folks with plenty of experience assembling or deploying YAML can be bitten by these issues, which often surface in the guise of seemingly innocuous behavior.
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Here are seven steps you can take to guard against the most troublesome gotchas in YAML.
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