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The Raleigh-area Ruby Brigade June Meeting

  • Jun 16, 2009 · 7:00 PM
  • Red Hat Headquarters

__Chef__ by Mark Imbriaco

If you're still using Capistrano or shell scripts to manage your servers, this talk is for you. It's time to automate everything and sleep better at night.

Centralized configuration management is key to any production environment. Standing on the shoulders of tools like Puppet, Chef is a new system configuration framework combining the power of Ruby with tested systems management concepts. Use a tasty Ruby DSL to define your system state. Focus on idempotence to work safely beyond the setup stage. It's a lot of fun; like Rails for sysadmins. Even if you only manage a couple servers, you need to know about it.

During this presentation we'll bootstrap a a 37signals application, Ta-da List, on a collection of virtual machines. We'll go from nothing to a fully configured cluster, discussing along the way the Chef cookbooks that drive the process.


Mark Imbriaco is a system administrator at 37signals. Over the past 15 years, he's worked as a system administrator and developer at companies ranging from tiny startups to large corporations like Bank of America and America Online. He lives in Wake Forest with his wife and their four children.

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  • Sam U.

    Mark's presentation and Q&A on Chef was really helpful. This is a project I wouldn't otherwise have known about, and now I'll definitely be trying it out. I also thought the informal presentation style was helpful, allowing everyone a chance to ask Mark how Chef can solve our real day-to-day problems.

    June 17, 2009

  • Steve I.

    A lot more fun if you hang out with everyone afterwards at Sammy's.

    June 17, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the talk Mark! The talk gave me a much stronger idea of what chef *is* and how it fits into the systems administration game. I expect Chef might just become my new favorite toy at work.

    June 17, 2009

  • Nathaniel T.

    Great overview of chef - I feel like I have a much better handle on what it is and what it's good for now.

    June 16, 2009

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