RailsConf Talk Suggestions?

Posted by ezmobius Wed, 19 Apr 2006 19:27:00 GMT

I will be speaking about Rails Deployment amongst other things during my talk at RailsCONf this June in Chicago. I wanted to open up a discussion here about what the audience would like to have me cover.

So this is your chance to let me know what topics or issues you would like to hear about. Mostly the talk will cover deployment issues and server setups and whatnot. But I do have a few tricks up my sleeve as well ;)

So tell me what you want me to talk about in the comments and you can help shape my presentation!

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My RailsConf talk proposal was accepted!!

Posted by ezmobius Thu, 16 Mar 2006 23:47:00 GMT

So I just found out that my talk proposal to speak at the First Internationl RailsConf was accepted!

I am totally stoked and honored that I was chosen. There were a ton of talk proposals to go through to come up with a final decision and I am very happy to say that I made the final cut.

My talk will be about rails deployment. And I hope to have the beta release of my Rails Deployment book released in pdf form before RailsConf.

Thanks to the organizers of RailsConf and a deep thanks for letting me speak. This event will go down in history as rails mindshare grows and grows. It’s been an exciting ride on the rails for me. I stumbled upon rails when I was trying to decide whether to learn python or ruby as a step up from PHP. The original screencast sealed my fate and the last 19 months on rails has been an eye opener to say the least.


I will see you all at RailsConf and look forward to putting faces to all the names of folks I know from irc or the rails and ruby-talk mailing lists and all the other railsers I only know from cyberspace.


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A hint of what's to come...

Posted by ezmobius Tue, 28 Feb 2006 00:46:00 GMT

Here are a few screens of what’s next ;-)

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The Book.

Posted by ezmobius Mon, 30 Jan 2006 23:44:00 GMT

So I have been very busy with all my jobs and projects, especially the book. It is coming along well though. I am still on target to get a beta release in late March so stay tuned.

Sorry i haven’t been updating my blog much but I have been otherwise involved. Hopefully I won’t let it go so long between posts.

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A community effort book

Posted by ezmobius Tue, 20 Dec 2005 23:07:00 GMT


So i am busy writing my book over here. It’s a ton of work let me tell you. But it is going to be very rewarding.

The book is turning out to be a community effort of sorts. I have a few of my favorite and most respected rails developers writing parts of the book(topfunky & technoweenie) and the author of the great lighttpd webserver is going to personally cover the configuration of lighty in detail.

So if you don’t see me on the rails list or on #rubyonrails as much anymore you know where I went ;-)

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The book is a go!

Posted by ezmobius Wed, 14 Dec 2005 18:12:00 GMT


So I have great news! I am going to be writing a book for the Pragmatic Programmers. This is such a great chance for me that there was no way I could pass on it.

Thank you for all the support and people who commented that they would like to have this book written. Its definitely one area where the rails docs are not sufficient as well as being very fragmented and hard to decipher which way is the way to go.

Now I must buckle down and write the thing! But I am totally looking forward to this book and I have some great people working on it with me. It looks like there will be 3 people writing a chapter on two on things they know a lot about. I can’t say just yet who they are but when the time comes I will let on.

I am so honored that the Pragmatic Programmers are giving me this opportunity. And I will be working on the book with some of the rails devs that I most respect.

So check back often and i will give updates as things get closer to beta. Thanks for all the support. I hope that this book will be an valuable asset to rails programmers that are ready to step things up to the next level.

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Rails Deployment Configuration Book

Posted by ezmobius Fri, 09 Dec 2005 18:31:00 GMT


EDIT: This book has been picked up by the pragmatic programmers. It will be available as a beta book pdf for download in March. Then the final printed version should be available in early summer. Thanks for all the interest and stay tuned for more announcements.


I’m thinking about writing a small sized book on rails development and production environment configuration. Sometimes it seems like every other question on the rails mailing list and on #rubyonrails is about fcgi or server setup or some issue with deploying or installing rails and friends.

I have spent a great deal of my time with rails on getting the configuration of the server and underlying architecture running just right. And it seems that most information about this stuff is spread out over the rails wiki and hundreds of other blogs out there.

I already have quite a bit of this stuff written in my notes and I have written a few detailed tutorials here on my blog as well. But I have started organizing this stuff in a high level overview and have written the first few chapters of this book already.

My question is this: Would you be interested in purchasing a book like this? It will most likely be released as a DRM Free PDF only at first unless I get a publisher interested. I have sent a proposal to the wonderful PragmaticProgrammers.com for me to write one of their Pragmatic Friday PDF’s. I hope they will take me up on it ;-)

I think this is one area of rails development that gets swept to the wayside and doesn’t get nearly enough attention. And the info that is available is fragmented and contradictory at best.

Here is a very preliminary table of contents:

  • Intro to rails environments and overview of what we will cover in the book.
  • Installation of your development environment on all the major platforms(OSX, Linux, BSD, Windows)
  • Practical techniques for development on your own or working with other developers remotely.
  • Migrations
  • Production Environment Theory
  • Apache/FastCGI or SCGI
  • Lighttpd/FastCGI or SCGI
  • Daedalus/Daemon Tools and friends for keeping your servers running no matter what.
  • Switchtower
  • Other Helpful Tools for Your Arsenal.
  • Shared Hosting.
  • VPS or Dedicated Hosting.
  • Stories of Successful Rails Applications Already Running in the Real World.
  • The Impact of Ajax Techniques on Your Server Load
  • Code Snippets and Samples for Accomplishing Things the “Rails Way” and Making Sure You Make Sane Decisions that Will Scale Later.
  • But Can Rails Scale? ;-)
  • Wrapup and Discussion of High Level System Overviews.

    So please leave comments about anything I might be missing that you would like to see in a book like this. And if anyone want to help out and thinks they could write a chapter or two on something they know a lot about I am all ears. And do you folks think this would be a good idea and worth spending a significant amount of my time on?

    Thank you for any suggestions or comments.

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