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Static Analysis: Improving the quality and consistency of your cookbooks

Every time we make changes to our cookbooks we are introducing risk. We can stop making changes to reduce the risk OR we can adopt new practices, like linting and testing, to help us manage that risk. Linting tools provide

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Chef Policies: Why, What, and How

On Wednesday, September 30th, software engineer Joshua Timberman presented a webinar on Chef Policies, a new feature of Chef. Policies combine the best parts of roles, environments, and client-side dependency resolvers such as Berkshelf into a single, easy-to-use workflow. By using

Posted in chefdk, cookbooks, security, webinar

Test Kitchen: Your Development Feedback Factory

Test Kitchen makes it easy for you to test cookbooks on a variety of platforms. With Test Kitchen, you can quickly create test nodes, converge them, and then run tests against them to verify their state. In this recorded webcast, Chef

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The State of the Public Supermarket

The public Supermarket is the place to share cookbooks and other tools and plugins with the Chef community. There are more than 2400 cookbooks currently available for download on the Supermarket. Many people in our community use cookbooks from the

Posted in community, cookbooks, engineering, supermarket

Supermarket & Berkshelf Outage – Incident Report

On Thursday, August 13, 2015 the Supermarket ( had a partial outage. This outage prevented Berkshelf from downloading cookbook dependencies, prevented users from logging into the Supermarket, and caused a number of AWS OpsWorks lifecycle events to fail. The outage

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Notes from the Lab: Community Cookbooks Survey Results

In the final post in our series on the Community Cookbooks Survey, we turn it over to Nicole to report the results. To catch up on how the project began and the science behind it, see these posts here and

Posted in analytics, chef, community, cookbooks

Notes from the Lab: Developing and Validating the Community Cookbooks Survey

This is the second in a series of posts that tell the behind-the-scenes story of the Chef Community Cookbooks Survey—how the project began, the science behind it, and what the results showed. In this post, we talk to Dr. Nicole

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Notes from the Lab: The Chef Community Cookbooks Survey

At ChefConf 2015, members of the Chef community received an invitation to participate in the Chef Community Cookbooks Survey. The survey was designed by Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Chef’s Director of Organizational Performance and Analytics, who is also a recognized expert

Posted in analytics, community, cookbooks, culture

Greetings from the lab

Ohai, Chefs! This is my first post on the Chef blog, and I’m thrilled to be part of this fantastic community of innovators. It was great to meet so many of you at ChefConf 2015, where I spoke in the

Posted in analytics, awesome chefs, chef, community, cookbooks, culture

Awesome Community Chef – Kavita Sachdeva

ChefConf 2015 was awesome for so many reasons, including our first ever Diversity Scholarship program, designed to give those underrepresented in the Chef Community an opportunity to take part in the conference with free passes. Kavita Sachdeva was one of

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