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Migrating Your Rails App to Engine Yard

There are many reasons you might be thinking about moving your Rails app to Engine Yard. Perhaps you grew beyond the capacity of what that service can offer? Perhaps the current service abandoned Rails as a supported part of their service? Perhaps you realized managing hardware yourself is taking time away from building a better application. Whatever the reason, you’ve reached the point where a move to Engine Yard is the right decision, and we’re here to help.

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Announcing Engine Yard's New Monthly Video Series: Cloud in My Coffee

Looking for a way to kick off that first Monday of the month? Wondering what goes on internally at Engine Yard? Hoping to meet some shining new faces?

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Life Beyond Rails: A Brief Look at Alternate Web Frameworks for Ruby

Before we get started, let’s address the elephant in the room. Rails is great. It really is what you need for large scale production applications most of the time. It has history. And if you got started in Ruby working on the web, chances are Rails is what you are most familiar with. All these things are a fair argument for Rails as the framework of choice for many projects.

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A Fast Blogging Solution: Building a Simple Jekyll Blog

A year or so back I was speaking at Cascadia Ruby and I met with a friend and colleague of mine, Gerlando Piro. He was at the conference to attend and give his first ever lightning talk. And in five minutes, my interest was piqued about Jekyll, a simple—very Ruby—way to create static websites and blogs.

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It's raining gems! - How to build your own Ruby gem

If you’ve had a bit of experience in the Ruby programming language, you know the importance of gems in your work. Like the plugins that came before them, gems are mini-pieces of code used to perform specific duties without interfering with or becoming a direct part of your code. The code required for a gem is still part of your project’s ecosystem, but you’ve removed some overhead (and duplication) by using the gem instead of coding it up yourself.

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Engine Yard Sponsors Bundler

Open Source is at the heart of what we and our customers do here at Engine Yard. As a company that founded itself in the roots of the Ruby and Rails communities, we always find the best tools to help foster growth when it comes to building the best applications. In that vein, we are proud to announce our sponsorship of Bundler!

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Ruby Isn't Dead

Some might say 2014 has been a year of programming related death. TDD is dead. Agile is dead. The Framework is dead. If this keeps up, all of programming should be dead by about December 31st.

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Doing an API Mashup with Sinatra

In the Ruby world, Sinatra is often seen as a lightweight alternative to Rails. Many confuse competition with the concept of the right tool for the right job. As I mentioned in a previous post, Sinatra is often the superior choice when building a simple application to grab some info from an API.

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Ezra Zygmuntowicz: In Memoriam

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Nearly ten years ago, three great developers with a need to deploy Rails quickly and easily got together and created a company called Engine Yard. It was with heavy hearts that we received news of the death of one of these founders, [Ezra Zygmuntowicz]( Ezra, along with [Tom Mornini]( and [Lance Walley](, founded Engine Yard in 2006. Additionally, he created Merb, a framework that competed with Rails until being merged with it. In 2010, Ezra left Engine Yard to pursue new start-up opportunities, while continuing to help the Ruby community with his many talks and contributions. Ezra's brother Eli had this to say on a thread sharing memories of Ezra: > Thank you all for you kind comments. I know he valued his programming and tech community immensely. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and son. Ezra’s good friend, and Engine Yard co-founder, Tom Mornini said: > It's an incredibly sad day: a great hacker, founder, and community member has been lost forever. > > Goodbye Ezra, I'll miss you. As most of us will remember Ezra through his community work, here he is speaking at RailsConf 2012:
Service and burial: 1:30pm, Wednesday, December 3rd River View Cemetery
Adams Chapel
0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd
Portland, OR
97219 Tel.: 503-246-4251
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So You've Decided to Contribute to Ruby

You’re working on a Ruby development team, making an app that solves that nagging problem of <insert problem here>. The big payoff is coming, customers are signed up and you sit back and say to yourselves, “We are really going to do this!” And you do! Your app is a success, and you built it with free and open source software!

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