Take advantage of Chef’s highly customizable design to tackle specific automation issues that you can’t solve by simply using Chef’s tools, resources, and services out of the box. With this practical guide, you’ll examine the internal structure of this configuration management technology and learn where, how, and why to add custom code.
“Where is your wound?” asks Jean Genet in the lines Laurent Mauvignier uses as an epigraph to The Wound. By the time we have finished this four-part novel, we realize that for many the wound lies four decades back in “the Events” that people have tried to not talk about ever since: the Algerian…
Author Jon Cowie not only provides code snippets and practical advice for customizing Chef, but also helps you determine case by case whether it’s in your best interests to customize at all. If you have intermediate-to-advanced Chef experience, this book is indispensable.
Explore Chef’s typical setups and why you’d want to customize them
Learn the Ruby concepts needed to write customizations
Customize the Chef run process and explore Chef’s internal classes
Gain more insight into your Chef runs through handlers and Chef’s event stream
Level up your Chef recipes by writing your own resources and providers
Create and extend plugins for Knife—Chef’s command-line tool
Interact with the Chef API to write scripts and reports
Learn how to contribute customizations to the Chef community
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