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Getting Started with Terraform

By : Kirill Shirinkin
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Getting Started with Terraform

By: Kirill Shirinkin

Overview of this book

Terraform is a tool used to efficiently build, configure, and improve production infrastructure. It can manage existing infrastructure as well as create custom in-house solutions. This book shows you when and how to implement infrastructure as a code practices with Terraform. It covers everything necessary to set up complete management of infrastructure with Terraform, starting with the basics of using providers and resources. This book is a comprehensive guide that begins with very small infrastructure templates and takes you all the way to managing complex systems, all using concrete examples that evolve over the course of the book. It finishes with the complete workflow of managing a production infrastructure as code – this is achieved with the help of version control and continuous integration. At the end of this book, you will be familiar with advanced techniques such as multi-provider support and multiple remote modules.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Getting Started with Terraform
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Learning AWS and compiling Terraform

Chapter 2, Deploying First Server, was not only about installing Terraform, but it also taught a bit about AWS basics. If you want to use Terraform with AWS only, then you first need to know AWS, of course. AWS has very detailed documentation and a lot of examples in it--it's a best place to start learning it. There are also probably hundreds of books about it. For a beginner, something like Learning AWS by Aurobindo Sarkar and Amit Shah will fit best.

It's easy to install official version of Terraform. Sometimes, though, you want to use the edge version, not yet released. The Terraform README has a good explanation of how to compile it: What is important to know is that it is totally fine to use edge version of Terraform. Trust me, many big organizations do it, simply because they need some new features already now, and they can't wait for an extra couple of months till the official release...