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....

So you know how when you’re learning stuff and something comes across your radar that you don’t get at all so you make a mental note to study it later? Well, I have many of those, but the one I’m going to talk about today concerns writing a test to...

I was so thrilled this week to be able to attend ChefConf 2016! There were so many cool things about the week that got me super excited about the coming year. But also, there were things that made me excited about the future of the industry and how I can...

Hello my friends. If you’ve noticed that I’ve slowed down on the InSpec goodness lately, it’s because I’ve been learning Ruby and experimenting with fixing bugs and whatnot. It’s really exciting to see what I can do with Chef and InSpec once I get a good grasp on Ruby, but...

I’ve had my head in the books lately, and guess what I learned? I learned that I cannot learn Ruby and the fundamentals of programming in a week. I had high hopes of learning enough to be able to write a custom resource for InSpec, but, as you probably know,...