This book is for system engineers and administrators who have a fundamental understanding of information management systems and infrastructure. It helps if you've already played around with Chef; however, this book covers all the important topics you will need to kw. If you don't want to dig through a whole book before you can get started, this book is for you, as it features a set of independent recipes you can try out immediately.
Matthias Marschall is a software engineer Made in Germany and the author of the Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook by Packt Publishing. His four children make sure that he feels comfortable and stays in control of chaotic situations. A lean and Agile engineering lead, he's passionate about continuous delivery, infrastructure automation, and all things DevOps. In recent years, Matthias has helped build several web-based businesses, first with Java and then with Ruby on Rails. He quickly moved into system administration, writing his own configuration management tool before moving his whole infrastructure to Chef in its early days. In 2008, he started a blog (http://www.agileweboperations.com) with Dan Ackerson. There, they shared their ideas about DevOps since the early days of the continually emerging movement. You can find him on Twitter at @mmarschall. Matthias is the CTO of www.gutefrage.net GmbH that helps run Germany's biggest Q&A site among other high traffic sites. He holds a master's degree in computer science [Dipl.-Inf.(FH)] and teaches courses on Agile software development at the University of Augsburg. When not writing or coding, Matthias enjoys drawing cartoons and playing Go. He lives near Munich, Germany.