Cookbook refactoring & abstracting logic to Ruby(gems) – Seth Vargo

Chef is awesome, but it’s also very easy to go overboard. In terms of testing and maintainability, sometimes its better to refactor your long recipe into an LWRP. As your infrastructure evolves, so should you cookbooks. But at some point your bound to have a cookbook 500+ lines of antiquated logic. How do you refactor such a large chunk of code that is critical to your infrastructure? How much logic should me moved into other cookbooks? How much logic should be extracted into LWRPs? How much logic should be moved out of Chef, into Ruby, and packaged as a gem?