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Virtual Party Space Devlog #18: Victory over AWS!

A few more days struggling with docker-compose and AWS, and finally get the service running in ECS!


Wednesday, January 27

  • asked for ECS help, didn’t get it
  • looking into making secondary conference rooms
    • made an interior map
    • probably need additional scenes for each room
  • Checked licenses on Jitsi & Calla - no usage restrictions, so I can choose ethical source library

Thursday, January 28

  • tried out AWS again, still couldn’t figure out how to get endpoint working
    • confirmed docker compose down works if context is passed
  • reconfigured Dockerfiles to contain config instead of bind mounts
    • learned how to build docker containers!
    • works locally

Friday, January 29

  • looking into how to make services talk to one another
    • searching for ECS service discovery seems promising
    • read about CloudMap, think I understand the “service discovery” portion of the Compose CLI docs now
      • need to change internal network base to be .local instead of meet.jitsi
      • can refer to other containers directly by service name too
  • updated docker-compose and environment vars to use CloudMap syntax
    • https doesn’t work (still need to set up domain I think in order to use LetsEncrypt?)
    • probably still some settings wrong, can’t connect to conference
      • websocket “public url” definitely wrong
  • since jicofo/prosody have to be single instance for single conference, how to turn off availability zones?

About this series

Back in mid-December I started an ambitious project to create a custom platform for a virtual birthday party in February. I kept notes on my progress, both for personal reference and to turn into a series of blog posts. It quickly became apparent that I did not have time to both do the project and blog about the project. I have retroactively decided to post my raw notes as a dev log.