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Book Review: Terraform Cookbook, Second Edition

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As I shared last week, I’m currently on paternity leave, juggling late-night feedings and diaper changes with the joys of fatherhood. While carving out quiet time for myself has been a challenge, one particular book kept tempting me back for more: Mikael Krief’s Terraform Cookbook. This 600-page behemoth might sound intimidating, but trust me, it’s like discovering a secret stash of infrastructure as code candy!

Krief structures each chapter meticulously, starting with the building blocks of Terraform deployment and configuration. He then patiently guides you through methods and strategies for scaling your infrastructure with confidence. While my sleep schedule hasn’t allowed me to tackle every hands-on exercise just yet (they look fantastic, though! I’ll definitely be revisiting them later), the clear explanations and practical examples have already solidified my understanding of key concepts.

One outstanding chapter dives deep into the Terraform state, often a tricky concept. Krief simplifies it to a level that empowers you to use it effectively. And if you’re curious about workflows, modules, and other Terraform features, Krief doesn’t hold back. He provides detailed explanations and plenty of hands-on exercises to solidify your understanding. But the goodness doesn’t stop there! The author dedicates multiple chapters to managing popular cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, and GCP using Terraform, making it a truly versatile resource.

Kubernetes users, rejoice! Chapter 10 is tailored for you, demonstrating how to leverage Terraform for seamless Docker and Kubernetes deployments. Beyond the basics, the book takes you on a journey into the depths of Terraform. He explores advanced topics like wrappers (Terragrunt), CI/CD integrations, and even troubleshooting techniques to navigate any challenges you might encounter.

Whether you’re a Terraform beginner or a seasoned user, the Terraform Cookbook is a valuable asset. It’s packed with practical examples, clear explanations, and insightful tips that make even complex concepts approachable.

A big thank you to Packt, Rahul Nair, and Maran Fernandes for bringing this valuable resource to life. And to Mikael Krief, for making the process of learning Terraform both rewarding and enjoyable. Highly recommended!

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Gineesh Madapparambath is the founder of techbeatly and he is the author of the book - 𝗔𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹-𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. He has worked as a Systems Engineer, Automation Specialist, and content author. His primary focus is on Ansible Automation, Containerisation (OpenShift & Kubernetes), and Infrastructure as Code (Terraform). (aka Gini Gangadharan -


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