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CloudStack HackerBook

Hackerbook is a rapid learning framework for onboarding and training new CloudStack developers. This learn by doing yourself course is aimed at anybody who wants to learn how to develop a feature for Apache CloudStack. The basic course can be completed in 4-5 weeks and overall it can be completed in about 6-8 weeks.

In this course, each chapter has some short videos and suggested exercises which the new developer can work on to learn by doing them, hence the name hackerbook. The course starts with chapter 1 on general guideline on getting started, and then encourages the developer to learn CloudStack as a user in chapter 2 where they are asked to install, use and work with CloudStack using the API, UI and have cmk (CLI) and ansible-based automation exercises. Next, in chapter 3 the developer is asked to work on a fictious feature which helps them learn about various aspect of building parts of a feature such as creating an API, handling API via a service layer manager, DB handling, UI etc. Rest of the remaining chapters encourage self learning and exploration with recommended reading and references around advanced CloudStack topics.

ShapeBlue started hackerbook course material internally in late 2018 to onboard and train new engineers to work on Apache CloudStack. After successfully onboarding and training a bunch of new engineers and improving hackerbook, ShapeBlue opensourced hackerbook for the Apache CloudStack community in 2021.


Chapter Topic Est. Effort
#1 Getting Started 10 hours
#2 Test Drive CloudStack 40 hours
#3 Basic CloudStack Development 150 hours
#4 Advanced CloudStack Development 40 hours
#5 Hypervisor and Storage 40 hours
#6 Networking 40 hours
Appendix: Primers
320 hours (6-8 weeks)


Contribution and Getting Help

Raise a pull request to contribute changes to the course documentation. We may not be able to work on any reported issue and offer individual help to the reader. We encourage readers to join and ask questions on the Apache CloudStack dev/user mailing lists:


  • 26 Feb 2021 - hackerbook opensourced
  • 22 Feb 2021 - repository updated against Ubuntu 20.04 as dev platform
  • 15 Oct 2018 - hackerbook started by Rohit Yadav to train new engineers at ShapeBlue


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Hacker's Guide to CloudStack Development, by ShapeBlue






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