Leverage the power of Vagrant to create and manage virtual development environments with Puppet, Chef, and VirtualBox
About This Book
Who This Book Is For
If you are a developer who wants to have your development environment accurately reflect your live servers to tackle the ever-increasing complexity of web and software projects, this book is most certainly intended for you!
It's assumed that you know the basics of Linux systems in the context of web-based projects.
What You Will Learn
Vagrant is an open source software used to create and manage virtual development environments. It can be considered a wrapper around virtualization software such as VirtualBox and configuration management software such as Chef, Ansible, and Puppet.
This book looks at the potential that virtualization offers us, and breaks down the process of creating a distributable and powerful virtual development environment. You will learn how to create more advanced development environments consisting of multiple virtual machines, allowing you to mimic multi-server production environments.
Finally, you'll gain an insight into Vagrant Cloud, which is a suite of web services built into Vagrant that allows you to remotely view applications on a Vagrant instance.
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Michael Peacock is an experienced software developer and team lead from Newcastle, UK, with a degree in software engineering from the University of Durham. After spending a number of years running his own web agency, and subsequently, working directly for a number of software start-ups, he now runs his own software development agency, working on a range of projects for an array of different clients. He is the author of Creating Development Environments with Vagrant, PHP 5 Social Networking, PHP 5 E-Commerce Development, Drupal 7 Social Networking, and Selling online with Drupal e-Commerce and Building Websites with TYPO3, all by Packt Publishing. The other publications Michael has been involved in include Advanced API Security, Mobile Web Development, Jenkins Continuous Integration Cookbook, and Drupal for Education and E-Learning; for these he acted as a technical reviewer. Michael has also presented at a number of user groups and technical conferences, including PHP UK Conference, Dutch PHP Conference, ConFoo, PHPNE, PHPNW, and Could Connect Santa Clara. You can follow Michael on Twitter (@michaelpeacock), or find out more about him through his website (www.michaelpeacock.co.uk).
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