Beginning Chef Antipatterns – Julian Dunn

Chef is a sophisticated and powerful tool for system & application configuration management. But as a newbie Chef, you might be finding all that power overwhelming. You might also be looking to avoid making mistakes that you’ll need to recover from later, or architectural design problems that might impact your ability to make changes quickly.

Come hear a newbie Chef talk about the things he did right when first learning Chef, and all the kitchen fires he caused by doing things wrong. By doing so, you can learn from disasters and avoid making the same mistakes. I’ll also do a survey of the tools and workflow that we’ve gradually developed to keep our operations team working at its full potential.

Even if you’ve been using Chef for a while, you might still pick up a few tips for improving your workflow, organizing your Chef data, and working more efficiently with your team.