The Ups And Downs Of Chef Software In 2016


2016 was a fascinating year for Chef cookbooks, with snippets of news about software innovations punctuating the cycles of political news about elections, the Olympics and other key world events. In particular, 2016 was a year that more and more beginners got in to using recipes and cookbooks.


This was due, in large part, to the proliferation of accessible workshops about the basics of Chef and also the introduction of the Chef supermarket which aim to make it as easy as can be to start cooking with simple recipes.


The Chef Supermarket

Community power has always been a strong part of the Chef software world, and this was nowhere more evident than in the creation of the Chef supermarket in 2016. This supermarket was devised by a community of developers who created a public forum for sharing the secrets of their success with cookbooks.


Wheel through the virtual aisles of the public supermarket, or create your own private supermarket to work on software projects that are just for you - it's your choice. Part and parcel of the supermarket has been the drive to perfect the process of cookbook engineering.


Expert developers have been working hard on the cookbooks that are to be found in the supermarket, and as a result there were around 4, 500 cookbook releases on the supermarket last year. Of these, a grand total of 10 cookbooks were ultimately adopted for official use.


A plethora of open source projects

As mentioned above, it is the community spirit that makes working with Chef cookbooks so enjoyable. 2016 has witnessed the creation of numerous open source projects for absolutely anyone to use. Key players in this regard include test-kitchen, InSpec, foodcritic and ChefSpec.


All of these will be very useful for anyone who wants to test out their recipes before serving them up to others. Test-kitchen, for example, provides an easy to navigate integration platform where users can test out their infrastructure code and software. The testing is performed on an isolated target, so this is a very simple way to check whether or not your recipe is hitting the spot.


2017: the community continues to build

In 2016, open access platforms and the helpful supermarket meant that the cookbook loving community could all pitch in and help each other. Over 70, 000 messages were sent on the Community Slack message board last year, demonstrating how much this community loves to discuss creative ideas and provide each other with advice and practical solutions.


2017 looks set to continue in the same vein, and the upcoming ChefCon will place great emphasis on bringing more and more people into the community.

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