Chef Cookbooks for Legacy Apps

If you have a “mature”, “legacy”, or just plain old application and are considering using Chef or similar to automate provisioning and deployment, you might be a little discouraged when you browse through the available cookbooks and see that the vast majority of them are written for the latest and greatest programs and frameworks. You might be discouraged at first, like I was, when you see tons of resources for rails apps and ngnix, but not so much for, say, mod_perl and lighttpd.