Developer Workflow

Learn how to manage and process data using Pachyderm in your CI workflow.

December 5, 2022

In general, the developer workflow for Pachyderm involves adding data to versioned data repositories, creating pipelines to read from those repositories, executing the pipeline’s code, and writing the pipeline’s output to other data repositories. Both the data and pipeline can be iterated on independently with Pachyderm handling the code execution according to the pipeline specfication. The workflow steps are shown below.

Developer workflow

Data Workflow #

Adding data to Pachyderm is the first step towards building data-driven pipelines. There are multiple ways to add data to a Pachyderm repository:

  • By using the pachctl put file command
  • By using a special type of pipeline, such as a spout or cron
  • By using one of the Pachyderm’s language clients
  • By using a compatible S3 client

For more information, see Load Your Data Into Pachyderm.

Pipeline Workflow #

The fundamental concepts of Pachyderm are very powerful, but the manual build steps mentioned in the pipeline workflow can become cumbersome during rapid-iteration development cycles. We’ve created a few helpful developer workflows and tools to automate steps that are error-prone or repetitive:

  • The push images flag or --push-images is a optional flag that can be passed to the create or update pipeline command. This option is most useful when you need to customize your Docker image or are iterating on the Docker image and code together, since it tags and pushes the image before updating the pipeline.
  • CI/CD Integration provides a way to incorporate Pachyderm functions into the CI process. This is most useful when working with a complex project or for code collaboration.