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Managing a high performance rails app without tearing your hair out



James Cox shows how to keep a Rails site up and running, while keeping performance high. The presentation dives deep into issues of keeping page performance up and avoiding bottlenecks. Next to tips on what to avoid (eg, hostname lookups) and what to do (eg. pre-caching), James also shows situations when to avoid ActiveRecord and fall back to SQL.


James Cox is the founder of smokeclouds, a UK based Ruby/Rails and scalability consultancy. He focuses on the architecture and usability of web applications. He has wide-ranging experience diving into legacy code, helping small sites bloom into big trees and generally trying to stay out of the way.

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Jan 08, 2008