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Deploying Rails Applications: A Step-by-Step Guide (Facets of Ruby) 1st Edition

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Bruce Tate is an Internet architect who developed the bitter Java concept after seeing a set of customer problems repeated, collecting their stories, and publishing the solutions. He is the author of "Bitter Java," He lives in Austin, Texas. Mike Clark is president of Clarkware Consulting, Inc. He first encountered EJB pitfalls in 1998 while developing a custom EJB container, prior to the emergence of commercial J2EE servers. He has significantly contributed to the successful delivery of a popular J2EE performance management product and has also created several open source tools including JUnitPerf for automated performance testing. He lives in Parker, Colorado. Bob Lee is an OCI consultant with expertise in AOP, Jini, and web security. He developed an open source AOP framework that utilizes runtime bytecode engineering to intercept method invocations on POJOs and forms the foundation of JBoss AOP. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Patrick Linskey is the vice president of engineering for SolarMetric, a company that offers Java persistence alternatives to the Java community. His experience spans EJB application development and product development, and he is a teacher and speaker on the Java conference circuit. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Clinton Begin is the creator of iBATIS. Clinton has been a professional software developer for eight years and currently works for ThoughtWorks. He is an active mentor, trainer, and public speaker in the IT industry.


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Product Details

  • Series: Facets of Ruby
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (May 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978739205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978739201
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,329,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a superb book, the best compact writeups i've seen on setting up Apache load balancing and proxies, nginx, mongrel, SVN server and repos, DNS, MySql caching, capistrano, rake, profiling apps (and there's a lot of blogs, books on these subjects. Entire mailing lists, in fact). Compact means they don't go into every option or configuration conceivable, you get everything (to almost 2 sigma) you need to know to get it going reliably, scalably, loggably, plus a lot of hard-won knowledge about what can go wrong. Just not quite the detail they go into, in, say the Frisch and Nemeth/Snyder/Hein unix admin books. I think for a lot of people (many java or PHP devs don't have to worry about the infrastructure of their production boxes, they had STDIFT (somebody to do it for them), this is a must have.

This book isn't perfect. What it covers it covers beautifully, what it doesn't cover, well, it kinda slows down to 30 MPH for a red light. Witness pp 234-5: covers nested sets, STI, indexes and normalization, AR duck typing, polymorphic associations. Geez, that's a lotta topics for slightly less than 1 page. Well, they're outside the scope of this treatment and there aren't a lot of references given. What about all the Yslow stuff that everybody's talking about: JS /CSS compression/lazy loading, CDN, reduce DNS lookups. Some topics are here, some aren't. Basically, that's what you worry about after you've dug thru logfiles and profiled, topics this book covers in excellent depth.

There are a few editing/editorial slips. 3 authors flip-flop between debian/ubuntu & RH/centOS/FC families (and don't talk about FreeBSD /solaris). Page 92 seems to suggest the default Leopard ruby install is fine.
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Overall this book contained some useful information, but some explanations were vague and there was way too much padding.

Version control is addressed and Subversion is the only program discussed. It would have been nice to have had more general version control information and use Subversion as an example of it rather than showing svn as being the only way, especially with the increased popularity of Git for version control with ruby.

There is an entire chapter on using windows to deploy. I don't use windows so I didn't read this chapter, it might be useful to some.

The author talks about using virtual machines to deploy in Chapter 7. I thought this information could have been a little more detailed. Perhaps if the book didn't contain so much padding there would have been room (seriously, if you are considering deploying rails, surely you should know how to install it and create a new rails app??).

It would have been nice if there had been more detailed examples from start to finish rather than bits and pieces.

An nginx config file is included at the end of the book for those who would like a complete example.

MySQL is the only database addressed and the author continues to give directions on how to replicate / cluster mySQL even AFTER saying repeatedly that it can be a bad idea. It would have been nice if he had addressed an alternative database since Rails is meant to be database independent (easy database switching?).

Does include info about deploying to a shared host environment as well as VPS and dedicated servers.

Overall, some good information is in this book, but there could be a lot more information as well. Might be a good place to start, but you will likely need to look up a lot of additional information. I'm pretty new to developing and I found this book to be very easy to read, too easy, as it contains very little solid information.
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The value provided by this book is quite subtle. It is when you are faced with a task of deploying something you don't quite understand and are uncertain of which way to go.
I had to upgrade the app that I had inherited from Capistrano 1.4.1./Deprec gem 1.9.2 to Capistrano 2.5.0 and was not quite sure of how to go about it. The app also used mongrel clusters that I did not know well.
I realized that I did not quite undertstand how Capistrano worked in the first place. I had many references, all good mind you, but did not fully get it until I sat down with Ezra's book this week-end evening and went through it again focusing on chapters on Capistrano and Mongrels. This time though, I had a sense of purpose, i.e., to get this migration task done. Ezra really has been through many deployments and communicates that knowledge in a very useful and fundamental way.
The next morning, I cleaned up my muddled script and was able to debug it within an hour and deployed it successfully. It is working quite well. Thanks Ezra. Now if you could do a detailed book on Phusion Passenger, I would buy it.
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I currently bought three books on how to develop and produce Web-Based applications using Ruby on Rails. All three would not provide me the ability to deploy effectively on my deployment site. Deploying Rails Applications provided me all the insights I needed to tackle the key issues on the remote site. Active Record migrations was a serious stumbling block before. Configuring the Web Server was a show blocker. The decision on the a dedicated host was also a key element in the production. However, my site does not support Mongrel and thus I could not benefit for the books recommendations. Overall, it is a very good read with a technical language that is accessible to all.

Bernard Carrier
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