Learn how to share Sensei cookbooks and help everyone in your team improve their code quality and productivity.
When one person creates a Sensei recipe to improve their code quality or productivity, everyone on the team can benefit when the cookbooks are shared.
Sensei provides a number of mechanisms for sharing cookbooks:
By sharing the cookbooks, Sensei helps teams collaborate on knowledge sharing. The collaboration helps improve communication and embed the agreed code quality approaches.
For example, sharing a cookbook:
The next few sections explain how to implement each of the sharing mechanisms.
The project .sensei folder is the default option when creating a cookbook file.
All cookbooks and recipes would be stored in a .sensei folder in your project.
The easiest approach to sharing is to add the project .sensei folder to version control.
Then the .sensei folder can be managed like any other shared code artifact associated with the project. The cookbooks are stored as YAML configuration, making them easy to merge during any commit and review process.
This is the approach taken for the public sensei-blog-examples project.
The .sensei folder contains the cookbook with all the recipes, and they are available to anyone that clones the repository.
Teams can also use cookbooks stored in central locations.
Saving the cookbook to any folder with shared write access permissions will allow the whole team to update the recipes, and import them into any project that they happen to be working on.
The location would be set to the directory path.
Sensei can also access recipes that are stored in a Github repo. Both private and public repositories are supported.
SSH Repository access is configured using the following syntax for the Location
For this to work, the repository would contain the contents of a cookbook folder.
It is also possible to configure the branch and the subfolder for the cookbook e.g. in the master branch in the cookbook subfolder
An SSH key needs to be configured for private repositories.
And the key should not have a passphrase.
It is also possible to access public repositories over HTTPS, and the same repo.git|branch|folder syntax is used e.g.
For our blog examples project:
For our Basic Protection example set, we can ignore the branch and sub-folder because we will get the master branch by default, and the `rules.sensei` file is in the root folder.:
Sensei can also access cookbooks which are zipped, over HTTP or HTTPS.
e.g. if I had an HTTP server listening locally on port 8000
The zip cookbook file should contain the contents of a cookbook folder e.g the rules.sensei file.
Sensei supports using multiple cookbooks so that an individual programmer can have recipes that support their own learning and productivity.
More importantly, we know that teams work most effectively when knowledge is shared. Having shared team repositories, e.g. for a specific project, or a specific library, or for a shared set of migration patterns, can help boost team productivity and codify the team's experience.
When a cookbook is shared, multiple teams can use the same cookbook which can also improve inter-team collaboration from different disciplines e.g. AppSec to development.
With four core sharing mechanisms available, Sensei hopefully has at least one approach you can use to increase collaboration on knowledge sharing.
You can install Sensei from within IntelliJ using "Preferences \ Plugins" (Mac) or "Settings \ Plugins" (Windows) then just search for "sensei secure code".
All the Sensei blog posts code and recipes are on Github in: