While it almost certainly remains the largest Ruby on Rails based site in the world, Twitter has gradually been moving more and more of its stack to the JVM. Last year the company announced that its back-end message queue had been re-written in Scala, and more recently it moved the search stack to Java, making Twitter search around three times faster.
Learning a new programming language can be a daunting task and at times difficult to know where to start. Now try to learn a new web framework at the same time and you have a recipe for confusion. We had the opportunity to talk with Michael Hartl about his approach to teaching people Ruby on Rails, his book the Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial, and the excellent video series with the same title.
TekPub is a web site devoted to developers, giving them a source of focused on-line training in various topics from Microsoft Entity Framework to writing your own blog engine using Ruby on Rails. They are an interesting case about company who started on ASP.NET MVC and quickly moved to Ruby on Rails. We had the opportunity to talk with them about their technology turnaround.
IronRuby is Microsoft's implementation of Ruby on the .NET framework. This article introduces IronRuby, and covers running Rails applications in IronRuby as well as potential issues to look out for. 2
Scout is an extensible server and application monitoring service which focuses upon ease of installation and configuration.
In part two of InfoQ's interview with the FlightCaster team, we discuss scaling Rails on Heroku, the problems of integrating data from multiple providers and mobile smartphone applications.
FlightCaster, a flight delay prediction site, uses Clojure and Hadoop for the statistical analysis, with a Rails/Heroku frontend. We talked to Bradford Cross about Clojure and functional programming. 1
InfoQ's Rob Bazinet and Matthew Bass had the opportunity to talk with Jeremy McAnally, about the book he co-authored with Assaf Arkin, Ruby in Practice.
This book covers intricate details of the Ruby language today, including the latest Ruby 1.9.1, and gives developers a solid foundation for creating Ruby applications.
One of the more interesting announcements recently coming to the Ruby community was the release of JetBrains RubyMine IDE for Ruby and Ruby on Rails applications.
Ruby on Rails has done well since its introduction a few years ago, but criticised for not scaling. Developers know there are right and wrong ways to solve problems, scaling Rails is no different.
A introduction to creating Flash charts using the FusionCharts Free from Ruby, complete with a feature comparison of other charting libraries. 8