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Learn how to customize Chef by examining the internal structure of this configuration management tool and navigating its source code. This practical book will examine the different ways in which this flexible configuration management tool can be extended as well as examining how to integrate external tooling with Chef via the API and create more advanced customizations.
By the time you finish this book, you'll have a thorough understanding of how Chef fits together and be able to position your customization in the most appropriate place. And you'll have the skills to go ahead and write it. If you have intermediate-to-advanced Chef experience—particularly with knowledge you'd gain from O'Reilly's Learning Chef—you're ready to get started.
Jon Cowie is a senior operations engineer at Etsy where he mixes his love of both coding and operations to try and solve interesting problems. He has created and open sourced a number of projects, including the Chef tools knife-spork and knife-preflight, and has spoken at several of O'Reilly's Velocity conferences.