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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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”...
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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...
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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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