Recent Posts by J. Austin Hughey

Getting Serious on Net Neutrality (or How Congress Killed Internet Startups)




UPDATE February 26, 2015: Today the FCC voted in favor of reclassifying internet access under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The 3-2 vote was, according to this time.com article, split along party lines, with Republican officials voting against it, and Democrats in favor of the reclassification that would protect net neutrality nation-wide. It is now expected that various trade industry groups with monetary backing from firms such as AT&T and Comcast, among others, will proceed with multiple lawsuits in an attempt to force a court to overturn the FCC's decision on this matter, or eradicate its authority, as it pertains to regulating the internet, entirely. In the author's opinion, it would not be surprising to see this battle eventually wind up in the Supreme Court within a few years.</p>

UPDATE February 6, 2015: Tom Wheeler (Chairman, FCC) has announced that he will indeed propose to the commission that the FCC regulate broadband (mobile and otherwise) under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This means that the commission will vote on whether or not to do this. The announcement itself is equivalent to winning a battle in the war - not the whole thing.

Additionally, it is largely expected for ISPs to band together in a massive lawsuit to prevent the FCC from enforcing these rules, should the commission vote in favor of Mr. Wheeler’s proposal. This fight will, in the author’s opinion, eventually wind up in the Supreme Court.

Finally, Congressional Republicans are reported to have two major strategies in play to defeat this: one is to introduce new legislation that would recognize net neutrality as law, but prevent the FCC from enforcing it. The second is to rewrite portions of the Communications Act to strip the FCC of its legal powers.

In light of these facts, it is very important to contact your senators, representative, and all five members of the FCC’s Commission listed below to voice your support for granting the FCC power to enforce real net neutrality.

</div> </div> [Net Neutrality](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU). We’ve all heard the term, and we’ve heard of the fights going on in the halls of Congress for years now. But right now - in February 2015 - the fight is heating up and coming to a head. [Engine Yard](http://www.engineyard.com/trial) generally avoids entering into the political fray. It’s a lose-lose proposition for most companies to take a stand on political issues of any kind, simply because of the plethora of opinions involved. However, on this issue, we believe it is important to speak up.
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An Overview of Engine Yard's Chef 'node' Object



Many of our customers writing their own custom Chef recipes often need to know how to reference certain information about their environment from the virtual machine running Chef recipes.</p>

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App Server Arena: Part 2, A Comparison of Popular Ruby Application Servers


In the first post in this series, I compared popular Ruby application servers Passenger, Thin, Unicorn and Puma across multiple categories: mode of operation, use cases and configuration. This post details a simplistic performance test and analysis.
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App Server Arena: Part 1, A Comparison of Popular Ruby Application Servers


In July 2013, I spoke at Lonestar Ruby Conference in Austin, TX about application servers in Ruby. My talk included a performance comparison of multiple application servers in Ruby and how they do in various situations. This post details some of the findings from my research for that talk.

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“BattleCamp” by PennyPop: Mobile gaming meets Massively Multiplayer in Ruby


The gaming ecosystem is changing rapidly and some of the most popular games are coming from smaller game studios with a focus on rapid application development to meet ever-changing market trends.

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The Webby Awards: Excellence in Application Scalability and Performance

Frank Ocean, Jerry Seinfeld, and Humans of New York are just a few of many honored for outstanding use of the web in this year’s Webby Awards. Established during the web’s infancy in 1996, today The Webby Awards garners millions of voters from over 60 countries around the world every April.

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Using a Platform-as-a-Service vs. Doing it Yourself

Here at Engine Yard, we’re often asked “What’s a PaaS?” or, “Can’t I just install Ruby (or Node.js, PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.), deploy my application and monitor my systems myself?” This is definitely true. There are thousands of companies doing their own “devops” today and that pattern works for them. But because we are asked these questions so frequently, we decided to sit down and really go through the pros and cons of both approaches.

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Using PostgreSQL hstore in a Rails application on Engine Yard Cloud

This article is a medium-depth introduction on how to use the PostgreSQL hstore extension in a Rails application, and how to get that application deployed and serving queries on Engine Yard Cloud. The content here is aimed at intermediate to advanced developers. You should have some knowledge of ActiveRecord, Rails, Ruby and SQL, as well as some familiarity with unstructured data, and why it’s useful.

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Rails 4, Part 2: What''s New in Rails 4?

Note: This is the second in a two-part series that looks at what’s changing in Rails 4, and new features in Rails 4. Missed the first part? Check it out the first post Rails 4 changes.

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Rails 4, Part 1: What''s Changed in Rails 4?

Note: This is the first in a two-part series that looks at what’s changing in Rails 4, and new features in Rails 4. Look out for the second part will be published next week.

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