Read my latest article: Ezra Zygmuntowicz -- Farewell, Friend. (posted Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:53:00 GMT)

Ezra Zygmuntowicz -- Farewell, Friend.

Posted by Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:53:00 GMT

Yesterday, I found out that Ezra Zygmuntowicz had passed away.

Ezra and I first met in the #Caboose family. The first time we got to spend time together, in person, was at RailsConf 2006.

(photo credit: Jarkko Laine)

A few weeks later, he emailed me to ask about getting a job here at Planet Argon. We couldn’t afford him so he continued to pursue other paths… and a month later was helping found EngineYard.

(…one of those things that I still find myself asking, “what if we could have?”)

Back when Planet Argon had a hosting department, Ezra and I collaborated on various deployment best-practice projects. He was always helping our team figure out how to make deployment easier. Some of us might remember his famous nginx configuration (the closest version I could find). He was an active contributor in the Ruby on Rails Deployment group that I started. He was always around to help the community.

Ezra always seemed to find time for the community… whether on mailing lists, at conferences, commenting on our blogs, or chatting over IRC.

When Ezra and his family moved to Portland, we made several half-assed attempts to schedule time to catch up again in person. It never happened and our interactions were limited to keeping up on Facebook

His passing is a great loss to our community.

To his friends and family, I am sorry for your loss.

To his son, (should you ever discover this), your father helped pave the way for hundreds of thousands (if not millions?) of software developers around the globe—whether they know it or not. He was constantly looking for innovative ways to solve problems. His talks at conferences were always fascinating… and the rest of us would sit back and think, “where does he come up with these ideas?!”

He was a trailblazer.

He will be missed.

Thank you for everything, Ezra.

Update: If you would like to contribute to the memorial fund for Ezra’s son, Ryland, please visit this campaign on indigogo.

Six days to complete the Rails hosting survey

Posted by Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:36:00 GMT

Attention all Ruby on Rails Developers… you have six days to complete the 2014 Rails Hosting Survey.

All of the results will be shared with the community. Consider this your civic duty of the day. :-)

http://rails-hosting.com

2014 Rails Hosting Survey is now open

Posted by Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:13:00 GMT

Hello! It’s been two years since Planet Argon last asked the Ruby on Rails community how they were deploying and hosting their applications and we thought it was time to checkin with people.

Until April 30th, you can take the survey here.

2012 Rails Hosting Survey results

Posted by Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:51:00 GMT

A few months ago we invited the Ruby on Rails community to participate in our hosting survey. We’ve since published the results and created an infographic.

To learn more, check out the Rails Hosting site.

2012 Rails Hosting Survey results

Posted by Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:51:00 GMT

A few months ago we invited the Ruby on Rails community to participate in our hosting survey. We’ve since published the results and created an infographic.

To learn more, check out the Rails Hosting site.

Announcing the 2012 Rails Hosting Survery

Posted by Thu, 31 May 2012 18:40:00 GMT

You might recall that back in 2009, we surveyed the Ruby on Rails community to gauge how people were deploying and hosting their applications. It’s been over three years, so we’ve decided to run it again…. I know… we’re crazy like that!

So… without further ado… we present the 2012 Rails Hosting Survey. We’ll be collecting responses for a month, so be sure to put it on your todo list.

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