Review Of "Instant Puppet 3 Starter"


I've been using Puppet for a couple of years now in a quick and dirty way on a couple of side projects. Heck, I've even published a couple of modules. I find it to be very easy to use and incredibly useful.

Recently I wrote my first "real world" Django application and I wanted to host it on a system that was provisioned using Puppet whenever it was possible. I used Puppet extensively and it worked very well for me, but it was clear that my current home-grown process for distributing my manifests and modules just wasn't working. I had reached the point where I actually needed to learn the patterns that people are using in the real world to do what I was doing.

This book was exactly what I needed to introduce me to "proper" puppet usage in a way that struck a good balance between simplicity and usefulness. In 50 pages it highlighted all of the things that I would need to learn in the medium term and how to configure them. And it did so using a style that was a pleasure to read.

Please note that this isn't for everyone. For example:

I can't believe that I've written such a verbose review of such a concise book. Short version - 4/5 stars.

Extra Credit

If you do want to use Vagrant to create a VM for the examples then you can create it using the following commands:

$ cd /some/dir
$ mkdir centos-image && cd centos-image
$ vagrant init puppetlabs/centos-6.5-64-puppet
$ vagrant up