- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781491944936
- ISBN-13: 978-1491944936
- ASIN: 1491944935
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning Chef: A Guide to Configuration Management and Automation 1st Edition
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About the Author
Mischa Taylor is a consultant at Chef, a fast-growing Seattle-based startup responsible for creating the Chef platform, which makes it easy to quickly automate development processes and move business processes into the cloud. He has spent his career focusing on building high quality products and increasing engineering productivity within organizations. Mischa is an author, speaker and mentor on software development topics and neuromorphic computing.
Seth Vargo is a Developer Advocate at Google. Previously he worked at HashiCorp, Chef Software, CustomInk, and a few Pittsburgh-based startups. He is the author of Learning Chef and is passionate about reducing inequality in technology. When he is not writing, working on open source, teaching, or speaking at conferences, Seth enjoys spending time with his friends and advising non-profits.
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It's a solid introduction to Chef, and produces a fairly quick tour, but spends far too much time on meaningless detail (yeah, I get that chef client and chefDK are entirely different, but I'd have enjoyed a simple explanation of what _knife_ is for before using it several times), and tends to skip around a bit. For example, you're asked to 'vagrant halt' a node and host at one point without some necessary troubleshooting steps about bringing the hosts back up, in a couple of locations the paths are mangled, and there's an IP address that changes a couple of times. I'm about two thirds of the way through and I still don't quite get the deployment system, but it's given me a decent grounding, and I've managed to fix most of the problems that I ran into following the text. I suspect that I'd like it more if it didn't feel quite so rushed, or took some time to explain certain concepts a little more thoroughly, particularly given the amusingly kitchen-themed commands that are largely uninformative.
Chef is great!