Joshua Timberman

Joshua Timberman is a Code Cleric at CHEF, where he Cures Technical Debt Wounds for 1d8+5 lines of code, casts Protection from Yaks, and otherwise helps continuously improve internal technical process.

Coming Soon, Chef 0.7.8

Over the weekend, we found out from our excellent community that the attributes improvements weren't totally backwards compatible as we thought. For now the 0.7.6 gems have been pulled from [deprecated location]* and we will be releasing Chef 0.7.8 later today which will fix the issues.

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Cool Chef Tricks: Upgrade Chef With Chef!

Since we had a new release of Chef, I needed to upgrade all my internal testing nodes to the new version. This was quick and painless, because I used Chef to upgrade itself. One reason why it was so easy is because the 0.7.6 release didn't have any changes that break backwards compatibility.

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Chef 0.7.6 Release

A lot of things happened in the last month since the 0.7.4 release! The MVP for this release is a new contributor, Grant Zanetti. Unfortunately we weren't able to secure a picture of Grant in time for the release post, but we imagine he's a handsome devil :-).

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Ohai 0.3.2 Release

Ohai, we have a nice release for you today! Our MVP for Ohai 0.3.2 is James Gartrell, for adding Windows support! He had an itch to scratch, and thanks to his contribution, the whole community benefits! We're excited because this brings us one step closer to also having Chef available for Windows.

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Back to Back! Chef 0.7.2 and Chef 0.7.4 released.

We didn't do a blog post for Chef 0.7.2, as it was released in the midst of VelocityConf. And thanks to our observant community, we're releasing Chef 0.7.4 earlier than originally planned to fix a few bugs that crept in. Speaking of community, it's time to honor our MVP.

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Ohai 0.3.0 Release

Ohai, it’s been awhile! Since the last release was almost four months ago and we've had some new features added and some hairy bugs squashed, we thought a new version of Ohai, our system information gathering tool used with Chef, was in order. The Ohai 0.3.0 MVP is returning Chef 0.5.

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Cool Chef Tricks: Install and Use RubyGems in a Chef Run

One of the 9 Things to Like About Chef is that "it uses Ruby as the configuration language." We talk about that in that blog post, and we mention it on the wiki, but at the time we didn't have many examples.

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Deploying Rails Infrastructures with Chef

We are pleased to announce the initial release of a new Chef repository and Amazon EC2 AMIs that can be used to bootstrap a Chef server and clients in the Cloud! In our experience as systems automation consultants, we built a library of best practices for designing and deploying web application infrastructures.

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RailsConf 2009, Full of Awesome!

RailsConf 2009 may be over, but the work continues back at home as people put into practice the tools and concepts they learned about last week. We are excited about the buzz Chef made at the conference.

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Opscode at RailsConf 2009

Opscode will be at RailsConf 2009 in Las Vegas next week, May 4-7. I will be attending in support of Edd Dumbill's Chef tutorial on Monday at 8:30am. I will also be available afterward, and throughout the conference to answer questions about Chef and using it to deploy Rails applications.

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