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Deploying Rails with an interactive Capistrano recipe to your Boxcar

Posted by Thu, 28 Feb 2008 21:27:00 GMT

I wanted to share something that I’ve been meaning to share on here.

When we began planning Rails Boxcar, we really want to reduce the amount of work that it took to setup and deploy a VPS for a Rails application. During this period, we began to look at the deployment process itself and began working on an interactive tool for developers for setting up their deployment environment on their Boxcar instances. So, we worked with few customers to develop an interactive Capistrano recipe.

The Goal? Spend less time configuring the server or editing recipe files.

During the initial setup, we can have the customer provide a few details from the safety of their Rails application directory by answering the following.

  • What database server will you be using? (PostgreSQL or MySQL)
  • What port does your database run on? (if different than the default for your db server)
  • What is your database username?
  • What is your database user’s password?
  • What port will your mongrel cluster start with?
  • How many mongrel servers should your cluster run?

Great… setup the server and let’s deploy!

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Feel free to snag our interactive Capistrano2 recipe.

We’re trying to take the pain out of deploying your Ruby on Rails applications with Boxcar.

On a side note, we’re in the process of expanding our team and recently hired Alex Malinovich. Do stay tuned as we’ll be posting important announcements about changes to our Rails hosting services in the next few weeks. (grin)

Boxcar: Open for business

Posted by Tue, 04 Sep 2007 17:04:00 GMT

We’ve been quietly rolling out our new Rails hosting solution over the past month, each week… inviting more people to ask questions and place orders. Initially, we invited some of our business hosting customers, and then sent out invites to those who signed up on the Rails Boxcar announcement list. We’ve been taking orders for the past few weeks and have had sites running on Boxcar for over a month now.

You’ll also notice that we’ve begun to phase out all of our older shared hosting solutions for new customers and are focusing solely on our Business and Boxcar accounts (aside from custom managed/dedicated solutions that we’ve been offering upon request).

To learn more about Rails Boxcar, read the announcement on the PLANET ARGON blog.

In other news, Daniel Johnson, our Lead Systems Administrator broke his arm while riding his bike while participating in Zoo Bomb (and cracked his helmet in the process). He’s at home today on pain medicine and we hope that he has a swift recovery.

RubyURL: new design and code base

Posted by Wed, 08 Aug 2007 12:58:00 GMT

Yesterday evening, I deployed the new version of RubyURL. This was a collaborative effort between Chris Griffin and I, which we’re happy to finally push live.

There are a few things that we’re going to push out in near future, such as an API and a new RubyGem.

RubyURL ยป Keep it short (and sweet)

Chris volunteered to work on the new design and I did most of the programming in Ruby on Rails. When we worked on this, we really wanted to keep the process as simple as possible, despite some of the problems that the site has been having.

In the end, we have a Rails application that is only 85 lines of code and has a 1:2.3 code-to-spec ratio. I wanted to keep it under 100 lines of code. This means that there is some breathing room for further development.

We also tried out a beta account that I was given for RoundHaus for Subversion hosting. We had a really good experience using their service and were impressed by the plethora of useful features that came with the repository, such as continuous integration, rcov/code coverage stats, and twitter integration!.

If you find a bug, be sure to submit a ticket on the RubyURL bug tracker.

On a side note, we deployed this on a brand new Rails Boxcar, our new hosting solution that will be launched in the very near future. ;-)

Introducing Boxcar... coming soon to a train station near you!

Posted by Tue, 08 May 2007 19:35:00 GMT

As I just announced on the PLANET ARGON blog... our new hosting solution is almost here!

Last month, we put a freeze on new orders on several of our Rails hosting packages so that we could do some remodeling. Well, we’re almost done and excited about what we’re going to be reopening with. :-)

We’ll be posting updates on the PLANET ARGON blog over the coming days/weeks… so yo might consider subscribing to our feed.

Be sure to sign up on our mailing list to be amongst the first to be notified when Boxcar gets launched!

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