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Action Cable demo by DHH in Rails 5

Posted by Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:08:00 GMT

David was kind enough to put together a demonstration of how to take advantage of Action Cable in Rails 5.

In the video he puts together a small chat application.

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. :-)

Ruby on Rails developers in New York

Posted by Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:51:00 GMT

We’ve had a number of clients in New York over the years. After a recent trip this last fall to visit clients and attend Cultivate we decided that we should spend more of our time in the city.

In 2014, we’re looking to expand our client base there. If you’re in the NYC area and are looking for an agency that has great Ruby on Rails developers… get in touch.

Setting Akamai Edge-Control headers with Ruby on Rails

Posted by Tue, 19 Jun 2012 05:54:00 GMT

Just a short and sweet little tip.

Several months ago we moved one of our clients over to Akamai’s Content Delivery Network (CDN). Ww were previously using a combination of Amazon S3 and CloudFront with some benefits, but we were finding several key areas of the world were not s covered by Amazon (yet) for asset delivery. Along with that, we really wanted to take advantage of the CDN for more of our HTML content with a lot of complex rules that related to geo-targeting and regionalization of content.

I’ll try to cover those topics in another post, but wanted to share a few tidbits of code that we are using to manage Akamai’s Edge-control caches from within our Rails application.

With Akamai, we’re able to tell their Edge servers whether it should hold on to the response so it can try to avoid an extra request to the origin (aka our Rails application). From Rails, we just added a few helper methods to our controllers so that we can litter our application with various expiration times.

  # Sets the headers for Akamai
  # acceptable formats include:
  #   1m, 10m, 90m, 2h, 5d
  def set_cache_control_for(maxage="20m")
    headers['Edge-control'] = "!no-store, max-age=#{maxage}"

This allows us to do things like:

  class ProductsController < ApplicationController
    def show
      @product = Product.find(params[:id])

Then when Akamai gets a request for, it’ll try to keep a cached copy around for four hours before it hits our server again.

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.

Announcing RailsDeveloper

Posted by Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:01:00 GMT

Earlier today… our team at Planet Argon launched a new site for the Ruby on Rails community. If you have a few spare minutes, I’d love it if you’d to head over and read the announcement on RailsDeveloper.


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