Hi all. This question will betray my ignorance of Waypoint, please guide me towards the light.
As a premise, I will say that the idea of Waypoint is very appealing to me, but try as I might, I just don’t… get it yet. I’ve tried a few times to do something useful with Waypoint, but I keep getting confused by a few concepts which are new and foreign to me.
First of all, I don’t understand the implicit reliance on Docker. Surely there are other ways to “just deploy”. The introduction of buildpacks was a curveball that I’m still wrapping my head around too. In fact, I can’t understand why buildpacks were included here, when there’s a perfectly good Packer like right there. On the other hand, I trust Hashicorp to “Do the Right Thing”, so I suspect if I can understand the reasoning here, I will find some deeper understanding.
So I’ll ask: why does Waypoint seem to ignore Packer? What’s the deal with Packer and buildpacks? Are they alternatives to each other? Are they complimentary?
Help a dude out…