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Deploying Rails Applications: A Step by Step Guide --New from Pragmatic Bookshelf: How to Optimize Your Rails Projects for Speed and Concurrency

May 14, 2008

Raleigh, NC—Until now, the information you needed to deploy a Ruby on Rails application in a production environment has been fragmented and contradictory.

Deploying Rails Applications: A Step-by-Step Guide(Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34.95, ISBN: 978-0-9787392-0-1) changes all of that by providing a consistent, level-headed book containing advice you can trust. You'll get the inside angle from those that have built, deployed, and maintained some of the largest Rails apps in production, anywhere.

First you'll learn how to build out your shared, virtual, or dedicated host. Then, you'll see how to build your applications for production and deploy them with one step, every time. Deploying Rails Applications will take you from a simple shared host through a highly scalable clustered and balanced setup with Nginx.

See how to tell whether you've bought enough firepower, and learn how to optimize your Rails projects applications in a systemic, rational way. Take advantage of advanced caching techniques, and become and expert with the latest servers in Nginx and Mongrel—you'll get a dose of Apache too.

You'll learn how to configure your production environment, and see how to monitor it with free, automated tools that can restart your servers when the memory use gets too high for comfort. You'll see how to take a performance baseline, profile for bottlenecks, and solve the most common performance problems you're likely to see.

With Deploying Rails Applications: A Step-by-Step Guide you'll learn:

  • Everything from source control and migrations to Capistrano, rake tasks and beyond.
  • Directly from authors who run EngineYard, one of the best Rails hosts in the business.
  • How to deploy your applications to multiple production servers with a single command using Capistrano.
  • How to setup a Rails/Nginx/Mongrel cluster for applications with high scalabilty needs.

You've written the next killer app. Now is the time to learn how to deploy it. This book will do just that.

Ezra Zygmuntowicz has been working with computers since the 128k original Mac in 1987. He's worked in PHP and hand-blown glass art, and now uses Ruby for web application and system automation programming. His work as the webmaster for the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper taught him a lot about Rails Deployment architecture and how to scale a Rails app. Since then he has built and deployed many Rails applications. From these deployments he has collected a play book of patterns and best practices for deploying and scaling rails applications.

Bruce A. Tate is a kayaker, mountain biker, and father of two. In his spare time, he is an independent consultant in Austin, Texas. In 2001, he founded J2Life, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in Java persistence frameworks and lightweight development methods. His customers have included FedEx, Great West Life, TheServerSide, and BEA. He speaks at conferences and Java user's groups around the nation. Before striking out on his own, Bruce spent 13 years at IBM working on database technologies, object-oriented infrastructure, and Java. He was recruited away from IBM to help start the client services practice in an Austin startup called Pervado Systems. He later served a brief stint as CTO of IronGrid, which built nimble Java performance tools. Bruce is the author of four books, including the bestselling "Bitter Java", and the recently released Better, Faster, Lighter Java, from O'Reilly. First rule of kayak: When in doubt, paddle like Hell.

Clinton Begin has built a presence in both the enterprise and open source communities. Having consulted as a Senior Developer and Agile Mentor for industry greats such as ThoughtWorks, Microsoft and Stanford University, his experiences have spanned a broad range of business and technical domains. Clinton has applied agile methodologies, open source software, Java, .NET and Ruby to the development of large-scale applications. He is an experienced author, speaker, and has delivered formal presentations and training from San Francisco to New York City.

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For more information about the book, including code, errata, discussions, table of contents, achapter excerpt, and more, see the catalog page for Deploying Rails Applications: A Step-by-Step Guide

Deploying Rails Applications
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Ezra Zygmuntowicz, Bruce A. Tate
ISBN: 9781934356142, 248 pages, $38.95 USD, £24.50 GBP

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