Hi all,

We're pleased to announce that version 1.1 of the Resource API has been
released yesterday.

The Resource API provides a simple way to create new native resources in
the form of types and providers for Puppet. It is provided as a Ruby gem to
be referenced within modules. Support for it has been included as an
experimental feature in version 1.4 of the Puppet Development Kit (pdk new
provider). Use the resource_api module
<https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/resource_api> to deploy it in your

The new release of the Resource API provides the following enhancements:

   - Arrays are now fully supported as data types (v1.1.0)
   - Read only and init only attributes have that status now fully enforced

The new release also contains the following notable bugfixes:

   - PDK-911 <https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/PDK-911>: handling of
   ensure values changed to use strings: Previous to v1.0.3, in some cases
   ensure values of 'absent' and 'present' would be transformed to ruby
   symbols before passing it on to the provider. This behavior was
   inconsistent with both puppet and other Enums in the Resource API, that
   would always use strings. Providers now need to return and accept the
   strings 'absent' and 'present' instead of the :absent and :present
   - PDK-919 <https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/PDK-919>: Boolean
   attributes now work in all cases: In some cases
   <https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/PUP-2368> puppet can ignore true
   boolean values. The Resource API now works around the issue in a
   transparent way that requires no change to providers.

for a full list of changes.

We encourage all module developers to review the Resource API and use it
when creating types and providers. For reference, there is an example of
its usage in a branch
of the apt module.

Please let us know of your experiences with the Resource API, either here,
on Slack <https://slack.puppet.com/> (#forge-modules), or on the github repo


Cheers, David


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