Thanks to Ruby Inside’s Sponsors for May 2008
It's time to thank Ruby Inside's excellent sponsors once again.
I'm keen to make these posts relevant, so I've tried to include any news or developments the sponsors have had within this post. For example, FiveRuns has interviewed several Rubyists over the last month, and links to those interviews are provided below. Also, Peepcode has released a new e-book, similarly linked. So even if you don't care for what the sponsors are selling or providing, it's worth a quick check to make sure you're not missing out on anything useful.
Note: All blurbs and descriptions are written by me and not directly influenced or specified by the sponsors. As such, any opinions stated are mine and not necessarily shared by the sponsor(s)!
FiveRuns - Rails Application Monitoring Solutions
FiveRuns is a provider of Rails application (and server) monitoring services. FiveRuns works hard to be part of the community, whether by releasing a free Ruby and Rails stack or publishing a great set of interviews with Ruby developers on their blog. FiveRuns' "TakeFive" series, where they ask Ruby developers five questions each, has continued, with Xavier Noria, Michael Slater (q.v.), Bruce Williams, Scott Diedrick, Juanjo Bazán, and Fabio Akita all being interviewed in the last month.
PeepCode - Rails Screencasts and E-Books
Who in the Ruby world doesn't know Geoffrey Grosenbach and his PeepCode screencasts? PeepCode has been the longest sponsor of Ruby Inside. Peepcode's latest release is the "Git Internals" e-book that delves into how Git works behind the scenes and how that affects your use of it.
Atlantic Dominion Solutions - Rails Consultancy and Development
Based in Orlando, Florida, Atlantic Dominion Solutions offer a full range of Rails consultancy and development services and were the brains behind the recent acts_as_conference Ruby and Rails conference. ADS founder Robert Dempsey is also behind the Rails For All project, a Rails advocacy group.
Job! Atlantic Dominion Solutions has an opening for a Web applications developer (using, of course, Ruby and Rails) to work in Winter Park, Florida (with Stillwater, Oklahoma as an alternative option.)
BrightBox - UK Ruby on Rails Hosting
BrightBox are a new Leeds, UK based (support the north!) hosting company specializing in high-end Ruby on Rails application deployment. There's a pent-up demand for UK-based Rails hosting, and BrightBox offer a wide range of plans, from a basic VPS with 256MB of memory up to a 2GB-packed behemoth. The bandwidth allowances are pretty good by UK standards too, and all but the cheapest plan come with FiveRuns' RM-Manage technology.
Building Web Apps - Rails Seminar and Podcast
BuildingWebApps has a free online Ruby on Rails course you can sign up to today. The instructors are Michael Slater and Christopher Haupt, both of who have a frankly intimidating amount of experience in the field of instruction and tuition. They also have a compelling (and free!) podcast called Learning Rails that's worth subscribing to.
Morph eXchange - A Rails Application Hosting and Deployment Platform
Morph provides an interesting enterprise level platform for deploying Rails applications. No servers are needed and you don't need to set anything up; the Morph platform does it all. Morph provides a fully managed service and handles load balancing, scaling and high availability issues, as well as the complete Web application stack. 24/7 monitoring services and managed backups are also provided. The CEO of Morph Labs compared a Morph "AppSpace" to a "service office for your application." This YouTube video demonstrates how you can deploy a Rails application within 4 minutes on the Morph platform.