The Berkshelf Way with Jamie Winsor

I am super excited to announce that we will have Jamie Winsor for our next meetup with a very interesting presentation about "Authoring a Chef Cookbook" where he will show us how to properly author a cookbook and iterate quickly thereafter. Jamie Winsor is a lead software engineer at Riot Games working on their next generation deployment tools using Chef. He has been developing online games since 2007 with a strong focus on writing, maintaining, and operating distributed systems. He is a principle author of Berkshelf; a companion tool developing and managing cookbooks.

"The Berkshelf Way" is based on the guide that Jamie posted on his personal website and this presentation is the core of what you can find at the upcoming ChefConf in the advanced workshop: "Chef Cookbook Authoring". He will talk about the application versus library cookbook pattern and how to leverage community cookbooks properly in your projects. He will also talk about his latest project, an orchestration framework for Chef. Just like Berkshelf was the missing link for cookbook authors, this framework is the missing link for anyone attempting to manage complicated clusters using Chef at scale. 

** Lightning Talks **

- if you want to present something in a lightning talk format (5 mins) please let us know so we can add you to the agenda. This can be anything (hopefully somehow related to chef, but notnecessary); anything cool you want to share with the group.

** Food & Drinks **

- will be provided thanks to Adobe; come by starting 7pm to socialize and sync up. The presentation will start around 7:30pm.

** Venue info **

- the venue is nicely located close to public transportation, but if you are driving you can use the Adobe Garage at 650 King Street. When checking into the garage you can ask the attendant for instructions on how to get to the lobby (located at 601 Townsend Street). If no attendant and  you need help there is a buzzer at the ticket dispenser. You can park your bike as well in the garage.

When checking in just mention the Chef Meetup or use the name of our Adobe host (John Martinez). You should have a badge ready for you and will be directed to the conference room. If you RSVP after we sent the list, just give them your name to create the badge for you right there.

 

 

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  • Robert B.

    Don't worry Mitchell, we'll have you come speak and be able to "spam" us about the amazing Vagrant in person! (Vagrant is a core tool for what I and most others in this realm use)

    March 16, 2013

  • Mitchell H.

    Using the comments here to shamelessly say that if you are a VMware user, prefer VMware, or want a better performing Vagrant, I released Vagrant + VMware on Thursday: http://www.vagrantup.com/vmware­

    Sorry for the spammy comment. I just know there are lots of real Vagrant users here and just wanted to let you all know. Thanks for the meetup!

    March 16, 2013

  • Niels J.

    Awesome speaker and talk. Really made me think my workflow. Jamie's "way" simplifies things quite a bit. Not sure if this is for everyone but certainly a great way to go from zero to productive fast. This has always been a weakness with Chef.

    Anyone know where to get the version of Chef Server with the Berkfile already provided - can't seem to find it. I'd like run one in Virtual Box on my laptop. Thanks in advance.

    March 16, 2013

    • Niels J.

      Found it on GitHub at opscode-cookbooks/chef-s­erver. Sorry to bother everyone...

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was a super presentation last night! Thanks for bringing it!

    March 15, 2013

  • Robert B.

    This was a GREAT presentation. It didnt have much (almost nothing :-) on the Berkshelf program, but EXCELLENT meta guide to using Opscode Chef. I wish I had this when I started using Chef. And as someone who has been using Chef since 0.8.x I learnt several things from this presentation that will make my future use of Chef much better.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Jamie W.

    Here are the slides from the talk if anyone wants them!

    http://www.slideshare.net/reset...­

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Kevin J. D.

    Q&A was too long, except for the good question about attributes, data bags, and convergence. It started way too late. First presentation was too long.

    March 15, 2013

    • Marius D.

      Appreciate the feedback. You are right, and we will definitely try to do it better next time.

      2 · March 15, 2013

    • Kevin J. D.

      Thanks Marius. Also: maybe mic the question askers and check levels before recording?

      March 15, 2013

  • Pradeep N.

    Very insightful presentation, excellent delivery by Jamie. Some more time after the presentation for 1-1 interaction with him after the presentation would have been great

    March 15, 2013

  • Kevin J. D.

    The main presentation was great! +++

    March 15, 2013

  • John M.

    As promised, here's the URL for the recording last night:

    http://goo.gl/duVnJ­

    2 · March 15, 2013

  • Laurent R.

    Great subject and awesome speaker; Jamie conveyed some very useful information and kept us entertained throughout. Very nice job.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Sean L.

    Jamie did a fabulous job. Quite information and hilarious. Hearing about the Berkshelf Way cemented where Berkshelf the tool could fit into a workflow. With that in mind, it would be really handy to see the presentation shared out. Both as a reference on the guiding principles, as well as something to direct other Chefs toward.

    March 15, 2013

  • David H.

    Jamie was a v. entertaining, informative speaker, who vindicated my extensive use of environment attributes!

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great topic. I learned some good things from this preso. Thanks!

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to chef and the presentation was very informative

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Sean

    I'm really excited for this, but several unexpected late nights this week are keeping me from making the journey. Looking forward to the stream. :-)

    March 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      In the same boat, unfortunately. Signed up for Adobe Connect, will watch webcast.

      March 14, 2013

  • Reinhardt Q.

    Work intrudes... Thx for streaming

    March 14, 2013

  • victoria k.

    Will you also post the recording?

    March 14, 2013

    • John M.

      Yes. URL available Friday.

      March 14, 2013

  • Marius D.

    We will be streaming the meetup live:
    http://my.adobeconnect.com/bach...­
    this url will be working tomorrow during the event. We will also record it and post the archive url after the event.

    2 · March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops, I thought this was a South Bay thing. There's no way I'm making it up to the city.

    March 8, 2013

    • John M.

      I'm the contact at Adobe, and we will be hosting this session live via Adobe Connect for those that can't make SF. Look for more details on that soon.

      March 8, 2013

    • Marius D.

      Sascha: not sure yet how I will be going, but if I will be driving you can definitely count on me. I will have to leave early as I will want to get there before everybody, etc. Ping me next week when it will be clearer on how we'll do this.

      March 8, 2013

  • Eric S.

    Also, note Caltrain terminates just a couple blocks from Adobe's SF office. It can be a little crowded around rush-hour, but it's way more civilized than the freeway.

    2 · March 8, 2013

    • Marius D.

      Definitely; was one of the reasons we liked the location.

      March 8, 2013

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