We take a look at 3 tools that will help streamline Ruby projects. Hoe 2.0.0 sets up projects and is now extensible with plugins. YARD is a documentation generator like RDoc and it's now powered by a new faster parsing strategy. Finally: Whenever takes care of defining and updating your crontab file - and it's configured with Ruby code.
GitHub now offers an installable version of the service for users who want to keep their code inside their network - and it's built on JRuby. TorqueBox is a new solution for running JRuby on Rails on JBoss, complete with integration for job queues and SIP integration Also: EngineYard announced it will start providing JRuby as a hosting option in July.
Most developers nowadays are familiar with the basic tenets of Continuous Integration, but arguably only a small proportion of these are fully benefiting from an optimized CI set up. This article, by John Smart of Atlassian, discusses Continuous Integration practices that can take CI beyond merely being a glorified cron job and make it an effective, productivity-enhancing hub for development.
Xenocode, an application virtualization company, has recently added support for Silverlight allowing companies to publish Silverlight applications in a sandbox without needing a runtime to be installed. Actually, any Windows application can run in the same manner regardless to the browser or underlying operating system.
The latest version of JavaRebel, a JVM plugin used for dynamic deployment of application code changes, supports WAR/EAR hot-deployment and integration with Spring and Struts 2 frameworks. ZeroTurnaround development team recently announced the release of JavaRebel 2.0 version.
The sooner that a feature gets into production, the sooner it starts adding value. The quicker a system can change in response to user feedback, the easier it is to keep the users happy. Timothy Fitz and Joe Ludwig have recently published articles that describe practical implementations of continuous deployment, a process that reduces the release cycle from weeks to minutes.
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.