The recent announcement Jamis Buck is ending development of Capistrano has left many wondering the future of this deployment tool. The release of Vlad 1.3 gives others hope as an alternative.
Silverlight makes it easy to accidentally deploy far more code than what’s needed for an application. ComponentOne’s XapOptimizer makes it easy to fix that.
As covered by InfoQ earlier, WiX 3.0 will be shipping with Visual Studio 2010. WiX is much more flexible than the Visual Studio Setup Project currently available today and it supports managed code to interact with the Windows Installer. Authors can use C#, VB.NET or any other .NET programming language. This also enables debugging which has been a major pain point for installation creators.
Setup/Deployment Projects are currently strongly tied to the Visual Studio IDE itself. This makes it unnecessarily difficult to build setup/deployment projects from tools such as NAnt and MSBuild. Microsoft will be addressing this by replacing the venerable tool with WiX, their open-source Windows Installer XML toolset.
Git and Github's popularity increase steadily in the Ruby space. A few Ruby related book projects are now hosted on Github. Gitjour is a new tool using the Bonjour protocol to distribute git repositories. Finally: Github makes it easy to provide gems of projects.
In this interview from QCon San Francisco 2007, Randy Shoup discusses the architecture of eBay. Topics discussed include eBay's architectural principles, horizontal and vertical partitioning, ACID vs. BASE, handling data inconsistency, distributed caching, updating eBay on the fly, architectural and coding standards, eBay's search infrastructure, grid computing, and SOA.
Roundup of Rails deployment news, including Dreamhost's announcement of Rails support using mod_rails - after the controversy earlier this year, Capistrano 2.3 release as well as the availability of the book "Deploying Rails Applications: A Step-by-Step Guide".
Phusion Passenger/mod_rails makes deployment of Rails apps simple. The Apache configuration is handled by a script and re-deployment is a single 'touch' away. We talked to the creators of Phusion Passenger who also experiment with a modified Ruby Garbage Collector to share memory across address space borders.
Heroku and Morph Labs are Ruby on Rails hosting providers, offering a complete stack of software and easy to use interfaces to get your applications up and running in a few minutes. We talked to both parties to find out more about their offers.
JRuby allows to make application deployment easy by allowing to use Java Web Start. This article walks through the necessary steps for deploying a JRuby GUI application (an Object Browser). Additionally, it looks at Ahead Of Time (AOT) Compilation, a new feature in JRuby 1.1, which allows to compile Ruby code to Java bytecode at build time.
Rush is a new OOP shell written in Ruby. Unlike shells like bash, Rush has commands interacting with objects instead of strings, which allows to use regular Ruby constructs to iterate over files and other objects. Rush goes further with remote shell functionality and more. InfoQ caught up with Adam Wiggins the creator of Rush.
Scott Guthrie recently outlined some of the changes developers can expect when building .NET 3.5 Windows Client applications. These changes will be released over the next few months.
EngineYard, a Rails hosting company and employer of 5 Rubinius team members, just added a 6th developer to work on Rubinius and mod_rubinius. The mod_rubinius effort is supposed to significantly improve the deployment of Ruby and RoR applications.
Felix is the Apache implementation of OSGi Release 4 specification. Richard Hall, a project committer, did a presentation on Felix at ApacheCon last month. InfoQ spoke to Richard about current state and future roadmap of the Felix project.
Exploring a couple of lesser known tools in the architects' scaling toolkit.