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Twitter’s Shift from Ruby to Java Helps it Survive US Election

by Charles Humble on  Nov 09, 2012 6

Twitter's infamous Fail Whale was absent on US presidential election day, even as Twitter's servers were handling a serge of 327,452 "tweets" per minute. The firm was able to handle this level of traffic thanks in part to a gradual shift away from Ruby to Java and Scala

Ruby 2.0 Preview 1 Released, Final Release in February 2013

by Mirko Stocker on  Nov 06, 2012

Ruby 2.0's release manager Yusuke Endoh announced the first preview release of Ruby 2.0 and a targeted release in February 2013. InfoQ talked to Yusuke to learn more about the big new features of Ruby 2.0 (Refinements, keyword arguments, Enumerator#lazy, and more) and what users need to know when upgrading.

Customize AWS Elastic Beanstalk with Configuration Files

by Bienvenido David on  Nov 05, 2012 1

AWS Elastic Beanstalk can now be customized and configured via YAML configuration files. You can use configuration files to download and install packages, download and extract archives, create files, create users/groups, run commands, start and stop services, and define container settings.

Is the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now the Most Multi-Language PaaS?

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 05, 2012 2

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) team just added Ruby support to its Elastic Beanstalk service and now has one of the most multi-language cloud platforms available. In addition, AWS introduced support for Elastic Beanstalk in its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) so that customers can deploy and manage private versions of their web applications.

JRuby 1.7.0 Released: Defaults to Ruby 1.9 Mode, Can Use InvokeDynamic

by Mirko Stocker on  Oct 25, 2012

JRuby 1.7.0 now defaults to Ruby 1.9 mode and supports almost all of 1.9's features. On recent JVM implementations that support invokedynamic, using JRuby 1.7 can increase application performance.

Community-Driven Research: Real World Ruby on Rails Usage RFP

by Mirko Stocker on  Oct 19, 2012 3

As part of InfoQ's ongoing Community Driven Research project, we want to find out how developers are using Ruby on Rails in practice. In this first step, we want to know what you use so that we can collect suggestions for the voting.

Community-Driven Research: Top 20 Web Frameworks for the JVM

by Dio Synodinos on  Oct 09, 2012

InfoQ's research initiative continues with an 10th question: "Top 20 Web Frameworks for the JVM". This is a new service we hope will provide you with up-to-date & bias-free community-based insight into trends & behaviors that affect enterprise software development. Unlike traditional vendor/analyst-based research, our research is based on answers provided by YOU.

Ruby on Rails vs. Node.js at LinkedIn

by Abel Avram on  Oct 05, 2012 10

LinkedIn replaced their back-end mobile infrastructure built on Ruby on Rails with Node.js some time ago for performance and scalability reasons. A former LinkedIn team member reacted explaining what went wrong, in his opinion.

Upcoming Rails 4.0 Release Drops Ruby 1.8 Support, Improves Background Jobs, Caching And More

by Mirko Stocker on  Sep 24, 2012 2

The upcoming Ruby on Rails 4.0 release will drop support for Ruby 1.8 and comes with many new features. The most important ones are support for strong parameters for mass-assignment protection, a new queue for background tasks, and caching improvements.

Agile 2012 Session: Agile Alliance Functional Testing Tools Workshop

by Craig Smith on  Aug 13, 2012 1

The Agile Alliance Functional Testing Tools (AA-FTT) workshop was held on the day before the Agile 2012 conference in Dallas, Texas. Run as an open space, the session was open to anyone interested in talking about the future of functional testing tools and beyond.

JRuby 1.7 Preview 1 Released: Defaults to 1.9 and Improves Performance With Invokedynamic

by Mirko Stocker on  May 29, 2012

The first preview release of the upcoming JRuby 1.7 defaults to Ruby 1.9 runtime mode and is much faster thanks to Java 7's invokedynamic. We talked to Charles Nutter to learn more about the future of JRuby on Java 7, Fibers and his move to Red Hat.

Crossing the Software Education Chasm

by Michael Stal on  May 27, 2012

In their recent blog posting “Crossing the Software Education Chasm” for the Communications of the ACM Armando Fox and David Patterson from UC Berkeley address the tradeoff between university education of software engineers and actual expectations of employers. They suggest that a solution to reduce this gap consists of teaching students agile development of SaaS apps using tools like rails.

Ruby Slims Down for Mobile with MRuby, RubyMotion, Ruboto

by Mirko Stocker on  May 10, 2012 2

In the past weeks, a number of new Ruby implementations and dialects have appeared: the lightweight, ISO compliant MRuby; and MobiRuby and RubyMotion that let you write iOS apps in Ruby.

A Statically Compiled Ruby for iOS

by Jonathan Allen on  May 07, 2012 2

A statically compiled variant of Ruby is now available for building applications that target iOS devices. Known as RubyMotion, this language and tool chain from HipByte fully conforms to Apple’s App Store guidelines.

Phusion Passenger 3.2 Preview Released: Evented I/O, Python Support

by Mirko Stocker on  Apr 23, 2012

Phusion has released a preview release of their upcoming 3.2 version of Phusion Passenger. Version 3.2 comes with a re-written ApplicationPool, I/O handling is now event-driven and the Python support became a first-class citizen.

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