Cookbook Styling with Julian Dunn

One of Chef's Senior Consultants, Julian Dunn, will be presenting on Cookbook Styling. Here's the abstract:

One of the best things about the Chef community is the wide assortment of various cookbooks to configure and manage servers. Often there are several cookbooks available to manage the same software. How do you know whether a cookbook is any good? And if you’re starting from scratch, automating something for the first time, how do you write a 'good' cookbook?

In this talk, I'll give my thoughts on cookbook style, focusing less on details ("should I use symbols or strings?") and more on general practices for what a good cookbook looks like. We'll take a quick tour through varied topics such as recipe size and structure, levels of abstraction and when they're appropriate, name-spacing, using libraries, unit testing (when and where), and more.


Additionally, we are hoping to have a few short field reports/presentations from ChefConf 2014. Please join us!

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  • Jay P.

    Links to both recordings. Enjoy!

    John McLoughlin from Fiksu talks about Docker
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEbIGyAgb50

    Julian Dunn from Chef talks about Cookbook Styling (Fast forward to 1:45 as we had issues sharing slides)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILOW0Dm_ILQ

    May 27

  • Matt S.

    I really enjoyed Julian's talk. A good chunk of it was review for me, but I don't think that as a bad thing. I've worked with Chef for the past few years, and it's nice to get confirmation regarding assumptions I had developed regarding what makes a well structured cookbook.

    The talk was well put together and delivered, though some of the code slides were hard to read due to font size. Not really a big problem especially since the slides are available online.

    May 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you missed the talk, the slides are here. http://www.slideshare.net/JulianDunn/what-makes-a-good-cookbook-35029540 Maybe Kevin/Jay can post the recording at some point.

    Those of you who came, thanks for coming!

    1 · May 23

  • Eric H.

    Good course but lots of review for us personally

    1 · May 22

  • Matt S.

    Logistics question, what's the parking situation over at Brightcove?

    May 22

    • Matt S.

      Seems like the closest option is Atlantic Wharf parking, $10 after 5pm. http://www.atlanticwh...­

      May 22

    • Jay P.

      yes, it's $10 right below our building. There is street parking around the area if you can find it but requires paying a meter and not sure of how long you can stay parked.

      May 22

  • Ives S.

    on the topic of styling, i'm curious about two related areas: including headers in generated ERBs (cookbook name / recipe name / etc.) and collecting / outputting performance metrics (or hooks to so this could be done for each recipe/cookbook).

    April 26

    • Ives S.

      Excellent. Thanks Jay!

      May 2

    • Ives S.

      (and thank you Julian for the info and nyancat link... it gave me some great ideas to play around with)

      May 3

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