Capistrano Server Extensions

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Saimon Moore – the author of Capistrano Server Extensions – has written a good overview of their usage. Take a read and – while you are at it – check out the list of commands it supports.

Deploying Mint with Capistrano

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For those of you interested in trying out Mint, the slick PHP-based analytics package, here are a few pointers to using Capistrano to deploy it.

On a related minty note, you might also be interested in the Mint Ruby on Rails Plugin and Configuring Mint for nginx and Ruby on Rails.

Palmtree Capistrano Recipes

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I see from the Capistrano group that there’s a new Capistrano recipes plugin on RubyForge. It is called Palmtree and looks like it will include recipes to help control ferret, memcached and backgroundrb amongst others. It requires Capistrano 2.0 (currently only available in preview release form)

Capistrano at RailsConf 2007

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Although I have already mentioned some of the deployment-related RailsConf presentations, I just noticed that Jamis Buck’s Capistrano presentation is also available on Slideshare. Here’s an embedded copy to save you leaving RailsDeployment just yet :-)

Further Dreamhost Deployment Tips

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Further to my earlier round-up of Dreamhost deployment tips, I see that Jason Harrelson has added his own guide to the mix. Entitled Using Capistrano to overcome deployment hurdles on Dreamhost, it looks like a good overview of the process with plenty of detail on the Dreamost peculiarities as they relate to Rails deployment.

RailsConf 2007 Presentations

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Peter Cooper over at RubyInside is pointing to 3 presentations from this year’s US RailsConf. Two of them seem particularly relavent to those interested in Rails deployment – Scaling a Rails Application from the Bottom Up (by Jason Hoffman at Joyent) and a Capistrano Tutorial (by Jamis Buck).

Incidentally, Jamis Buck also has an overview of the new 2.0 Preview release of Capistrano that is worth a read to see what’s coming next.

Machinify gem

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Following on from my discovery of the Ruby on Rails Stacks Google group yesterday, I see that Bradley Taylor of Rails Machine has released Machinify, a rake toolkit to help build Rails stacks.
His first out target is Ubuntu since that is what he uses himself but he plans to get this gem up on Rubyforge and encourage other contributions

Rails Virtual Machines

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Chris McAvoy tipped me off that deploying your Rails app to some form of virtual machine is the new meme in the Rails deployment world. He also points to DHH’s request to get thinking about what the ideal Rails VM stack would look like. The follow-up discussion is great with contributions from a variety of experienced Rails deployment experts !

Rails deployment goodies mentioned during the discussions include :-

I was particularly interested in Neil Wilson’s comments in this discussion thread where he suggests waking up a frozen Amazon EC2 image just for a particular customer as and when they need it. As he sees it, this ensures that each customer gets a dedicated Rails application for just as long as they need it and scaling the number of users for each machine typically isn’t an issue.

All in all, Ruby on Rails Stacks looks like a discussion group to watch !

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