O’Reilly recently held a 1/2 price sale for electronic versions of some of their newer books. I bit on Mining The Social Web 2nd Edition by Matthew Russell. Having just started the book, I’m not yet in a position to really comment, but I was intrigued by several aspects. Basically the book is about using the Python programming language to access social media sites through their API (application programming interface).
1. Download and install VirtualBox if you haven’t already.
2. Download and install Vagrant.
3. Establish an account on GitHub
4. Download the GitHub client. This includes two applications, the GitHub terminal, and the GitHub GUI Manager.
5. Using Git, “Clone” the GitHub directory for Mining the Social Web Second Edition. This makes a copy of the GitHub directory on your local machine.
6. Start a command line session, and CD to the MTSWSE directory (whatever you’ve named it) Run vagrant up. This starts the creation of the virtual machine, and the full provisioning. It is about a twenty minute process. And, to be sure, given all of the output that it generates, it looks as if a multi-hour job has been automated.
A couple troubleshooting tips. If Vagrant looks like it is installing “the default VM”, or if you see a reference to PROCESS32 you’ve somehow missed the GitHub part… maybe the directory is wrong? What you should expect to see instead is PROCESS64.
If correct, the provisioning process will end with a line
The real sign of success is to open a web browser and navigate to http://localhost:8888
That will bring up the main page of the IPython book..
My favorite error message to date:
DL is deprecated, use FIDDLE.
The Vagrant documentation refers to another program called Chef. Chef manages the provisioning of servers, and is used especially in cloud,VM and multi-server installations to manage all of the server instances.