Chapter 6 Politics

In November of 2008, I presented “Building Distributed Applications” at RubyConf. The day after my presentation, I saw a gentleman by the name of Mike Perham1 present a project he was working on, called “Politics.” I remember thinking that it seemed like an interesting idea, but I didn’t quite get what he was trying to do at the time. I squirreled it away as something to keep my eye on and eventually try to figure out.

Fast-forward several months, and I’m at work discussing with a colleague a problem we are having. We have identical application server instances running in production, using a popular “cloud” hosting provider. Each one of these instances is born of the same base image, meaning that each instance is loaded with ...

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