salt-api is ready for alpha-testing in the real world. This release solidifies how salt-api will communicate with the larger Salt ecosystem. In addition authentication and encryption (via SSL) have been added.
The first netapi module was a proof of concept written in Flask. It was quite useful to be able to quickly hammer out a URL structure and solidify on an interface for programmatically calling out to Salt components. As of this release that module has been deprecated and removed in favor of a netapi module written in CherryPy. CherryPy affords tremendous flexibility when composing a REST interface and will present a stable platform for building out a very adaptable and featureful REST API—also we're using the excellent and fast CherryPy webserver for securely serving the API.
The last release introduced a proof-of-concept for how the various Salt components will communicate with each other. This is done by passing a data structure to a client interface. This release expands on that. There are currently three client interfaces in Salt.
Encryption has been added via SSL. You can supply an existing certificate or
generate a self-signed certificate through Salt's
Authentication is performed through Salt's incredibly flexible external auth system and is maintained when accessing the API via session tokens.
salt-api is just getting off the ground so feedback, questions, and
ideas are critical as we solidify how this project fits into the overall Salt
infrastructure management stack. Please get involved by filing issues on
GitHub, discussing on the mailing list, and chatting in