Opscode’s Chef is a reasonably new system at 2 years old and hasn’t yet matured to have the established best practices and base of reference materials of Ops staples such as Apache, PostgreSQL and so forth.
This talk is designed for intermediate Chef users, who are comfortable with the building blocks of Chef such as roles, cookbooks, environments et al, and aims to equip them with ideas, best practices and thinking patterns to help them get more out of Chef, and build a dependable and resilient Chef infrastructure.
I’ll talk about some techniques and approaches for making Chef less intimidating and easier to learn for both intermediate and advanced users. I’ll look at getting under the hood and figuring out the nuts and bolts of Chef through both a critical approach and experimentation, and delve into the Chef source code without a safety harness with real world examples of how to write Knife plugins
I’ll also demonstrate some best practices we’ve identified at Etsy and how we’ve made Chef a comfortable, essential part of our Engineering team’s workflow.
The main topics covered will be:
Jon is a Web Operations Engineer at Etsy, having done the rounds as Syadmin at several London tech startups. He likes Chef. A lot.
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