Deploying Rails Applications is Released as a Beta!

Posted by ezmobius Thu, 16 Aug 2007 16:13:00 GMT

Just a quick note to say that after 22 months and many many rewrites my Book “Deploying Rails Applications” Has gone Beta! This is a super early beta and we will be shooting to add a chapter every 3 weeks until the print book is done.

I have to give a huge thanks my coauthors Bruce Tate, Geoffrey Grosenbach and Brian Hogan. Thanks for making it happen guys!

Now this is an early beta so expect rough edges and markup. But we wanted to get this out there before deployments changes again and caused another rewrite ;)

Deploying Rails Applications( A step by step guide)

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Want to work at Engine Yard?

Posted by ezmobius Tue, 17 Apr 2007 20:45:00 GMT

I’m really happy to report that my startup company has been growing at a very rapid pace. We started with 3 people: Lance, Tom and I and now we are up to 9 people total. But this still is not enough! We opened our doors for customers in October of 2006 and we’re a profitable company as of January 2007.

I know a lot of smart folks read my blog here so this is a call to arms. Engine Yard is looking for 2 more employees that know rails and capistrano well. Sysadmin knowledge is also a big plus and knowledge of Linux is a must. You would be working in a very fun company helping us develop our custom internal software and capistrano automation code base. You would also help with customer support and customer code reviews/recommendations. Never a dull day here so you should be comfortable wearing multiple hats and work well under pressure.

This is a full time salaried position with benefits. The cool part is that you can work remotely so you do not have to move to take this job. Our data center and headquarters is in Sacremento but most of our Rails tech people are scattered across the states. In fact it’s a bonus if you live on the east coast or in Europe since the internet never sleeps and we are getting more and more customers from overseas.

You would be working closely with me and my team. You’d get to play with kick ass hardware and work with Rails developers from all over the world to get their apps and deployments all ironed out.

Interested? Shoot me an email with some info on who you are, what your skills are and why you think you would kick ass if we hired you.

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EngineYard Control Panel Screencast

Posted by ezmobius Mon, 16 Oct 2006 01:09:00 GMT

I’m happy to release a preview screencast of the control panel I have been slaving away on for It is not complete yet but you can begin to get a feel for how nice it will be once its finished. I’ll post more as I finish parts of it.

EY Control Panel Screencast

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Posted by ezmobius Sat, 23 Sep 2006 21:44:00 GMT

I am really excited to announce that we just launched our new redesign at We have been working very hard to get the first cluster up and its running very very nicely. I am still hard at work on the control panel for making it very simple to deploy your apps to the cluster and hope to be done soon.
Damien Tanner from New Bamboo did the design work for us and we are very happy with it.

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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 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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