Jsonnet is a templating language and tool to generate JSON/YAML files. Since already have a language instead of configuration, we can generate a bunch of configuration issues with simple code.

For example, I use loop in Jsonnet to write repeat items:

local food_type = ['cake', 'fruit', 'vegetable', 'rice', 'eggs', 'milk', 'meat', 'pizza'];

local final_meal = [
  { name: 'food_' + type, value: 'like' }
  for type in food_type
];

{ 'sample.yaml': std.manifestYamlDoc(
  final_meal,
) }

The std.manifestYamlDoc is used for generate YAML file instead of JSON.

After run jsonnet sample.jsonnet -m . -S, it will generate sample.yaml as:

- "name": "food_cake"
  "value": "like"
- "name": "food_fruit"
  "value": "like"
- "name": "food_vegetable"
  "value": "like"
- "name": "food_rice"
  "value": "like"
- "name": "food_eggs"
  "value": "like"
- "name": "food_milk"
  "value": "like"
- "name": "food_meat"
  "value": "like"
- "name": "food_pizza"
  "value": "like"

Less code but more human readable. I think this is the power of Jsonnet.