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Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef Paperback – July 7, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1449304812 ISBN-10: 1449304818 Edition: 1st

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Book Description

Bring behavior-driven development to infrastructure as code

About the Author

Stephen Nelson-Smith (@LordCope) is principal consultant at Atalanta Systems, a fast-growing agile infrastructure consultancy, and Opscode training and solutions partner in Europe. One of the foundational members of the emerging Devops movement, he has been implementing configuration management and automation systems for five years for clients ranging from Sony, the UK government and Mercado Libre to startups amongst the burgeoning London 'Silicon Roundabout' community. A UNIX sysadmin, Ruby and Python programmer, and lean and agile practitioner, his professional passion is ensuring operations teams deliver value to the business. He is the author of the popular blog http://agilesysadmin.net, and lives in Hampshire, UK, where he enjoys outdoor pursuits, his family, reading, and opera.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449304818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449304812
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IMHO, this book is not worth it.
Daniel
Additionally, readers who are already familiar with Behavior-Driven Development and DevOps won't find much new here.
sjenkins278
The material is 70 pages long - but there is a ton of fluff - it could have been 1/3 as long easily.
andyl

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me for free. However, after reading through the book, I realized that I haven't learned anything new from it. All of its contents are bunch of descriptive crap about Chef. I wanted to learn how to write a descent cookbook, trouble-shoot, etc. The book had little tips how to write cookbooks, but it was inefficient and common information (thru Opscode website). However, I just wasted my time. To be fair, I hear that they are coming up with another book that will hold more information how to write a cookbook, etc. IMHO, this book is not worth it. Just do your research online or wait till the new book is out in the market.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex on September 24, 2012
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Not worth the cover price. The book is 70-something pages, and the first half is about signing up for hosted chef and how to sign up for AWS (EC2). Once you're signed up and have ruby installed, there is ONE example where the author walks through how to set up an installation with the associated tests. The rest of the book is all about why infrastructure-as-code is a good thing. I would not recommend this book to anyone, it seems more like an introductory blog post about BDD and Chef than anything else. After I finished the book, I spent an hour reading the actual chef docs and came away having learned more.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By andyl on July 22, 2011
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The subject material is interesting, but the book is badly edited. It reads more like corporate shill for OpsCode and Atlanta systems than a tech book. The material is 70 pages long - but there is a ton of fluff - it could have been 1/3 as long easily.

I was disappointed that the book didn't show the use of chef-solo. And I was disappointed that the testing solution only works with AWS. It would have been great have an option to use local VMs - perhaps based on Vagrant/VirtualBox.

I hope that someone else writes a good book on Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin Barry on April 16, 2013
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I bought this book based on the author's excellent blog posts but I really have buyers remorse. I wanted to like it, I needed just what the title offered coming from a Puppet background but needing an introduction to Chef as well as shifting to a structured and automated testing regime from the haphazard "works for me" of now. It is a very expensive book for one that doesn't even have 80 pages of actual content. Perhaps if the content was pure gold you would not feel so short changed but there is practically the same number of pages devoted to step-by-step guides for signing up to Opscode's hosted Chef product and Amazon Web Services as there is of either Chef or Cucumber code. The final nail in the coffin was the terrible editing with blocks of repeated text and small errors in the presented configuration and code.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobkat on January 12, 2013
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This is basically a vague high level overview of testing your chef cookbooks in ec2. If you plan on using ec2 for all your testing and have only heard of chef then this might just be of a little value. Of course you can get the same information by spending 15 minutes on google.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sjenkins278 on February 26, 2012
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I just finished Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef, and I was disappointed. It's a short book (88 pages if you read the paper version), and out of the 7 chapters, only one (chapter 6) contains what I expect from an O'Reilly book.

But it's hard to blame the author: he didn't claim the book is "Learning Chef" or "Programming Chef".

The book is an appetizer of what it claims to be: coverage of how to do test-driven infrastructure using Chef. Unfortunately, the author takes up most of the book to explain what he means by "Test-Driven Infrastructure", and the page count is so small that there simply is not enough meat to satisfy hungry readers. Additionally, readers who are already familiar with Behavior-Driven Development and DevOps won't find much new here.

My suggestion: skip this and wait to see what the author produces in his forthcoming book on Chef itself.

[Disclaimer: I got this book for free as part of the Oreilly blogger review program I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."]
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frazman on October 9, 2011
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It's a good introduction to the subject, and should be enough to get you going. Like all study, you will need to put time in outside of class! ;)

Yays:
* The first chapter on Infrastructure as Code is good overview of the motivations behind Chef, and is informative to anyone coming afresh to this kind of tool.
* Next two chapters on introducing Chef are a good lightweight introduction, and covers the basics of getting set up.
* The BDD chapter was interesting background, and clearly what the author is trying to do with Cucumber-chef is striking a nerve.

Boos:
* Didn't cover the Open Source server.
* The cucumber-chef chapters feel rushed and contain several mistakes. However sprinkled throughout the chapter is some excellent material explaining the concepts of chef. The worked example is rather trivial, and it feels incomplete. The cucumber-chef tool has had some attention recently and is beginning to attract a few more eyes, but this really needs more development effort.

Overall: Good lightweight introduction to Chef, the test-driven infrastructure idea is interesting but is not carried out completely.
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