What is it?
Dependency Management Data (DMD) is a set of tooling to get a better understanding of the use of dependencies across your organisation.
The project aims to give you a queryable interface into how Open Source and internal dependencies are used, so you can target changes across your projects and organisation more appropriately.
What can it tell me?
Have you ever wondered any of the below?
- I wish I had an SQL database, filled with information about all my projects' dependencies that I could run queries against
- How is Open Source being used across the organisation?
- What languages and frameworks are being used at my company?
Or maybe you want to hear about some real-world Case Studies that dependency-management-data has helped solve?
- What HTTP routers and web frameworks do our (Go) projects use?: How you could understand the different dependencies teams are using for their Go HTTP services.
- Determining how the Docker Free Tier sunset affects you: How news of the Docker Free Tier being sunset in March 2023 led to organisations wanting to understand their dependence on different namespaces or images on the public Docker Hub.
- Deliveroo and a potential race condition with a Kafka sidecar: How Deliveroo could understand, during an incident, which other services may be affected by a race condition in a dependency.
This suite of Free and Open Source software can give you a similar offering to some vendors, completely for free 🤑
How does it work?
There is a command-line tool,
dmd, which aims to make this an easier way to interact with the data.
Once you have collected the data through one of the supported tools you can then import it.
Once imported, you can use the inbuilt
dmd-web tool to get a Web frontend (including SQLite frontend via Datasette), load it locally through your preferred SQLite interface, or use one of the built-in reports.
If you want more of an idea of the command-line tool before you download it, check out the docs for
How do I get started?
With my own data
Check out the Getting Started cookbook or the Getting Started with SBOM data cookbook.
With the example data
Check out the Getting Started (with the example data) cookbook.
Where can I learn more?
Checking out the Cookbooks and Case Studies are a great start to understanding more about how to use dependency-management-data and the insight it can give you.
There are also several linked blog posts and talks on the /related page that may be worth looking into!