This post is basically a pitch I send to folks whom I think will be interested in a modern approach to configuration management. I am posting it here so I can refer people to it without sending them a long email.
One of the features of the HiveMind platform is a smart object technology that solves the problem of dealing with hierarchical configuration information often represented in formats Like YAML,JSON, Java Properties,XML...etc
The smart object technology allows developers/users to directly construct object graphs of any complexity. Once you have the actual object graph you can reverse the process back to representation in any one of the formats mentioned above.
I have setup a demo instance for trying it out @ http://demo.crudzilla.com:7000
Login with login info I sent you.
Be nice, you have full system access :)
To see an example representing the AWS IP list (https://ip-ranges.amazonaws.c
Navigate to: /com/crudzilla/betaApp/web/aws
This is what a smart object looks like, the cool thing is that you can combine smart objects to compose any complex object graph and you use the file system to organize the smart objects.
Once you have your object graph you can serialize it to any suitable format as the included examples show:
This approach is quite powerful, beyond its use for configuration, it can be used to allow non-technical users to handle certain data management tasks where a developer need not be involved. For instance a developer working on an e-commerce site can offload product catalog management to business users who will use this feature to manage the catalog, while the developer focus on the application.