Thanks to Ruby Inside’s Sponsors for July 2008
It's time to thank Ruby Inside's excellent sponsors!
I want these posts to be relevant and useful, so I try to include any news or developments the sponsors have had, 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. If you have any suggestions on how these posts could be better then, of course, leave a comment.
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)!
Fynspire - Social Network App Development Experts
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 has a particular focus on using Amazon's cloud services. Founder Robert Dempsey is also behind the Rails For All project, a Rails advocacy group.
BrightBox - UK Ruby on Rails Hosting
BrightBox are a British 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 entry-level plan come with FiveRuns' RM-Manage technology.
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 Ryan Bates and Jacques Crocker coming under the spotlight recently. FiveRuns has also been in the news recently due to TuneUp, a socially networked application profiling tool for Rails developers.
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.
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 Phusion Passenger screencast (technical editing by the Phusion guys themselves!).
Building Web Apps - Rails Seminar and Podcast
BuildingWebApps is an information portal for Web apps developers focusing on the Ruby on Rails platform. They're well known for publishing 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 lot of experience in the fields of instruction and tuition.