Creating Development Environments with Vagrant by Michael Peacock

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Synopsis

Improving your efficiency as a developer, programmer, or coder is the purpose of this book. It takes you through the steps one by one to help you set up and implement virtual development environments with Vagrant.

Overview

Provision virtual machines using Puppet and Chef Replicate multi-server environments locally Set up a virtual LAMP development server

In Detail

Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments. With an easy-to-use workflow and focus on automation, Vagrant lowers development environment setup time, increases development/production parity, and makes the "it works on my machine" excuse a thing of the past.

"Creating Development Environments with Vagrant" is a practical, hands-on guide that walks you through the functionality of Vagrant, Puppet, and Chef to create powerful and flexible virtual development environments. Create your own virtualization environments containing configurations for different projects so that you can simulate complicated environments that can be easily shared with colleagues to get your projects up and running quickly and effortlessly.

"Creating Development Environments with Vagrant" starts with an introduction to virtualization and the concepts behind it, why it’s useful, and an overview of the architecture of Vagrant. We will learn to install Vagrant and get to know its prerequisites. Covering provisioning scripts with Puppet and Chef, learning to use them independently as well as with Vagrant to create a powerful combination.

If you want to locally test your projects, juggle multiple projects running on different versions of software, easily share technology requirement changes with colleagues, and, most importantly, want to perform all these tasks efficiently, then this book is for you.

"Creating Development Environments with Vagrant" will take you from a virtualization novice to running all of your projects across your team in robust, isolated virtual development environments.

What you will learn from this book

Create Vagrant projects Sync folders with your virtual development environment Integrate your own machine with the virtual machine Manage provisioning the server configuration with Puppet and Chef Set up multiple virtual machines for a single project Configure your virtual environment on your network Build your own base box for Vagrant Import and manage operating system images in Vagrant Get to grips with good practices for developing projects on your local machine Set up a simple LAMP server for a Vagrant project

Approach

This is a practical, hands-on guide that will help you set up and implement virtual development environments with Vagrant easily and effortlessly.

Who this book is written for

"Creating Development Environments with Vagrant" is for developers, programmers, and coders who want to maintain multiple projects within their own environment. It is also aimed at companies who are looking to deploy ready-to-go development solutions for new staff or even existing staff moving to new projects, and to enforce a consistent and portable virtual development environment that is easy to create and quick to set up.

 

About Michael Peacock

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Michael Peacock is a web developer from Newcastle, UK and has a degree in Software Engineering from the University of Durham. After meeting his business partner at Durham, he co-founded Peacock Carter, a Newcastle based creative consultancy specializing in web design, web development and corporate identity. Michael loves working on web related projects. When he is not working on client projects, he is often tinkering with a web app of his own. He has been involved with a number of books, having written two books himself (and working on his third): Selling online with Drupal e-Commerce Packt, and Building websites with TYPO3 Packt. He has also done technical reviews of two other books: Mobile Web Development Packt, and Drupal Education & E-Learning Packt. You can follow Michael on Twitter.
 
Published August 26, 2013 by Packt Publishing. 118 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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