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Developing Local Chef Cookbooks on Linux

by James Bannan

Developing Chef cookbooks requires an understanding of the many tools which are available to you via Chef Workstation. This course leverages hands-on demos to explore the options available for developing cookbook solutions for Linux.

What you'll learn

The Chef repo, with its patterns of cookbooks and accompanying assets, is the foundation for building robust solutions to deploy to your managed infrastructure.

In this course, Developing Local Chef Cookbooks on Linux , you'll learn in-depth skills that are critical in your role as a developer and engineer, exploring what’s possible with the Chef Workstation tools and testing platforms which are available to you, as well as implementing the foundational concepts of Chef, including test-driven development and automation.

First, you’ll look at the core components of the Chef repo, cookbook structure, and the tools available with Chef Workstation.

Next, you’ll explore test-driven development with the full range of testing platforms, including Test Kitchen and Cookstyle, ChefSpec and InSpec.

Finally, you’ll build out solutions using more advanced concepts including custom resources, templates, and data bags.

When you’re finished with the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to effectively use Chef Workstation to develop cookbooks which are designed to configure and manage Linux systems, which is needed to effectively manage a Linux-based infrastructural ecosystem.

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About the author

James Bannan is a consultant based in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked in the IT industry for over 18 years and has worked in a variety of roles, from helpdesk to systems administration and now as a consultant. He is a published author, having written many articles for both print and online publications as well as a book on System Center Configuration Manager. James is an experienced public speaker and was awarded the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft for eight years in a ... more

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