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To demonstrate the basics of setting up and running a Java-based Operator using tools and libraries provided by the Operator SDK, Operator developers can build an example Java-based Operator for Memcached, a distributed key-value store, and deploy it to a cluster.

Prerequisites

  • Operator SDK CLI installed

  • OpenShift CLI (oc) v4+ installed

  • Java v11+

  • Maven v3.6.3+

  • Logged into an OKD 4 cluster with oc with an account that has cluster-admin permissions

  • To allow the cluster to pull the image, the repository where you push your image must be set as public, or you must configure an image pull secret

Creating and deploying Java-based Operators

You can build and deploy a simple Java-based Operator for Memcached by using the Operator SDK.

Procedure
  1. Create a project.

    1. Create your project directory:

      $ mkdir memcached-operator
    2. Change into the project directory:

      $ cd memcached-operator
    3. Run the operator-sdk init command with the quarkus plug-in to initialize the project:

      $ operator-sdk init \
          --plugins=quarkus \
          --domain=example.com \
          --project-name=memcached-operator
  2. Create an API.

    Create a simple Memcached API:

    $ operator-sdk create api \
        --plugins quarkus \
        --group cache \
        --version v1 \
        --kind Memcached
  3. Build and push the Operator image.

    Use the default Makefile targets to build and push your Operator. Set IMG with a pull spec for your image that uses a registry you can push to:

    $ make docker-build docker-push IMG=<registry>/<user>/<image_name>:<tag>
  4. Run the Operator.

    1. Install the CRD:

      $ make install
    2. Deploy the project to the cluster. Set IMG to the image that you pushed:

      $ make deploy IMG=<registry>/<user>/<image_name>:<tag>
  5. Create a sample custom resource (CR).

    1. Create a sample CR:

      $ oc apply -f config/samples/cache_v1_memcached.yaml \
          -n memcached-operator-system
    2. Watch for the CR to reconcile the Operator:

      $ oc logs deployment.apps/memcached-operator-controller-manager \
          -c manager \
          -n memcached-operator-system
  6. Clean up.

    Run the following command to clean up the resources that have been created as part of this procedure:

    $ make undeploy

Next steps