Online / 5 & 6 February 2022


A practical guide to CUE: patterns for everyday use

CUE ( solves a previously unsolved technical problem in the configuration space. It does so by taking a compositional approach that reduces the complexity of managing configuration from a combinatorial problem to a linear problem. CUE is based on 20 years of experience in the field of configuration. Its declarative, aspect-oriented approach is powerful yet simple, making it possible to manage large amounts of configuration data and policies in multiple formats (JSON, YAML, Protocol Buffers, OpenAPI, etc.) with relative ease. It also makes CUE well suited to a wide range of applications.

This all sounds great! But for someone new to CUE, it may not be obvious how to get started.

In this talk, Marcel van Lohuizen and Paul Jolly start with a quick overview of CUE the language, then move on to present practical examples of CUE in action, including common patterns for validation, policy, integration with existing non-CUE configuration and more. Because CUE is new, established patterns are still in the making, but at the very least it will be a reflection of the current thinking.

No previous experience of CUE required, although familiarity with an existing configuration and data languages will help provide some context to the examples.


Photo of Marcel van Lohuizen Marcel van Lohuizen
Photo of Paul Jolly Paul Jolly