- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484216601
- ISBN-13: 978-1484216606
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ansible: From Beginner to Pro 1st ed. Edition
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From the Back Cover
This book is your concise guide to Ansible, the simple way to automate apps and IT infrastructure. It takes you from knowing nothing about configuration management to understanding how to use Ansible in a professional setting.You will learn how to create an Ansible playbook to set up an environment automatically, ready to install an open source project. You’ll extract common tasks into roles that you can reuse across all your projects and build your infrastructure on top of existing open source roles and modules that are available for you to use. You will learn how to build your own modules to perform actions specific to your business. By the end you will create an entire cluster of virtualized machines, all of which have your applications and all their dependencies installed automatically. Finally, you'll test your Ansible playbooks.
Ansible: From Beginner to Pro will teach you the key skills you need to be an Ansible professional. You’ll be writing roles and modules and creating entire environments without human intervention in no time at all – add it to your library today.
About the Author
Michael Heap is a software engineer from London, England. Day to day, he runs a team dedicated to reducing technical debt across a data processing platform with a wide range of technologies – from C++ to Java to Golang to PHP. When he’s not working, Michael enjoys playing squash, travelling and trying to read every page on Wikipedia.
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However, I failed to proceed beyond chapter 3. Chapter 3, again, ask you to copy-paste a huge NGINX configuration file. This can not be copy-pasted as is of course because the author expends no energy properly tackling weird line breaks. You will have to figure that out yourself, many times throughout the book. But, no matter how much I fiddled around with the configuration file, I couldn't get NGINX to accept it. He whined about "invalid number of arguments in 'location' directive". Since it appears that the rest of the chapters in this book build on the work you do in chapter 3, you're pretty much screwed. So pay for the book only if you find that a completely dumbed-down introduction to Ansible over the course of three chapters is worth it.
The real world example, in this case, Wordpress, made it easier to understand what we were aiming to achieve.
I've got the 2016 kindle version.
Chapter on Variables is OK.
There is not really a good Ansible book on the market yet.
A caveat: I have read/watched some tutorials on Ansible before, so I was able to push through the few typos/outdated commands in the book. If this is your first try, don't be discouraged. One of the reviewer said he was able to get help from the author by contacting him. But if you are an experienced programmer, you probably can figure things out yourself, because Ansible's error messages will likely point you to the right direction.
I don't review products I bought very often, but I found it unfair to this little gem that it has such a low average score here. So here are my five stars.