Using native resources with custom controllers

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Kubernetes version:1.14
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Hi, I am interested in implementing custom controllers that can use native K8 resources such as Pods. e.g. building on the sample-controller crds I would like to add things like Pod specs so that I can do my own logic for controlling Pods etc. I saw that I could code golang and then use client-go apis to manage Pods. However it was not clear if the k8 controller infra would plumb the additional resources over to the synchandler code. e.g.

kind: Foo
name: example-foo
deploymentName: example-foo
replicas: 1

  • podTemplateSpec:
  • name: podname
  • labels:
  • foo:bar
  • containers:

Can I expect that the attributes for the PodSpec specified in the yaml shall be available to the controller ? I am hoping to use the structures to then use APIs to create Pods etc.
I did see a lot of examples where some subset of resource attributes went to the CRDs and then the controller logic stamps out Pods etc based on embedded golang structs. I would instead prefer to use the CR YAML to stamp out resources on lines of say the existing replicaset. Is this something anyone has done successfully ? Thanks for any input !