Exploring the Sling Feature Model: Part 1

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In my previous post about AEM as a Cloud Service, How AEM Scales, I discussed the new Sling Feature Model which is a key part of how Adobe scales their new AEM as a Cloud Service solution using Kubernetes. The goal of the Feature Model is to create a better way to provision Sling instances by creating a more descriptive, flexible grammar for building targeted instances instead of building a fat JAR file and adding bundles after the fact. This week / weekend, I took some time to finally upgrade my pet project, Sling CMS to use the Sling Feature Model and wanted to take a moment to document the process and my learnings. Once you understand the process and model, the process of converting a Provisioning Model-based project to Feature Model is straight-forward. To get started, I followed along with the Feature Model How-To Guide and then dug into the code for the Sling Kickstart and (Feature Model compatible branch of) Sling Starter.