I realize my journey into technology isn’t normal, per se. Many times people ask me how they can do it, too, and they note how I had advantages that they don’t, so they succumb. Meanwhile, many people in technology note the need to lower the barrier to entry into careers...

I have been working toward my Chef certification here lately, and my husband came up with this really cool kata that I’ve been working on lately to study up for my first exam. A kata is something that you do over and over for training and for the purpose of...

My DevOps Training Plan is going swimmingly, thanks for asking. ;) I shared with you last week about how I learned how to use the Jenkinsfile for a CI/CD pipeline. That was a lot of fun, and this week I’m inserting Docker into the mix! I honestly didn’t think I’d...

TLDR: Use Jenkinsfile instead of the UI so that one ~ahem~ well-intentioned person can’t ruin your build. Resources Jenkinsfile documentation Pluralsight: Getting Started with Jenkins 2 by Wes Higbee - serious shout-out to this guy. His classes are perfect - very thorough and clear. DevOps, Version Control, and Jenkinsfile For...

Happy New Year, my friends! Despite the bad press that 2016 got, I actually had a pretty good year. It was arguably the year of the greatest risk, challenge, and also growth in my life. I’m so lucky to get to continue that growth at a company who not only...

My last post about attributes was really born out of this issue I had had creating an InSpec profile that tests the build configuration of a machine within a pipeline in TeamCity and testing all of the different environments, making sure the correct Mysql passwords were entered in for each...

Y’all, I was in InSpec heaven a couple of weeks ago. I was on a project where I was supposed to create an InSpec profile that tests the build and application configuration of a set of servers within a pipeline in TeamCity - smoke-tests. I had to translate a bunch...

I knew when I finished “reading” (thank you, Audible) Sheryl Sandberg’s heartening exhortations in Lean In that my life was about to change. I was thinking that I should go back to grad school for the changes that I wanted in my life to materialize, and so I studied for...

Hello, friends! I’ve missed you. I’ve been a busy bee. I got hired onto a contract-to-hire position at a consultancy for whom I’m working on a Chef project. I’m having a great time because I’m learning so much. To say that I’m drinking from a fire-hose is an understatement. But...

Ever since I started learning to remediate my InSpec test failures, I started learning bits and pieces of Chef. I started out in the Test Kitchen, quite appropriately, and since then I’ve been learning how to zoom out little by little so as to see the forest for the trees....