2012 Cooking Perl With Chef (OSCON)

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Reliable and scalable applications need repeatable, automatable application deployment. Configuration management tools like Chef, Puppet and others make it easy to deploy an entire application stack, but support for Perl applications has lagged behind other popular, dynamic languages.

Face it: Perl application deployment is complex. Can you redeploy your application if your server fails? Can you replicate the application on another server to scale horizontally? Can you do it quickly and error-free? Will it have the exact same version of Perl and all necessary CPAN modules? Are you sure?

The Perl community has responded to these challenges with tools like perlbrew, local::lib, carton and others to make it easier to manage an application and its dependencies in isolation. This talk will teach you how to make those tools work with Chef for complete automation of Perl application deployment.

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