Real-Life Rails: Develop With NetBeans, Deploy on Linux
The Ruby language's conciseness makes it great for development - fewer lines of code means reduced development time and maintenance costs. Rails, the Ruby-based web application framework, can be equally developer-friendly, but some developers have encountered scaling limitations when deploying large-scale Rails web applications. While scaling Rails applications over many servers to handle many thousands of concurrent users can indeed lead to problems, with the proper tools and techniques developers can deploy small- and medium-scale Rails applications effectively. This paper explains how to do just that using my preferred Ruby and Rails development IDE NetBeans 6.0, some open source server and caching systems, and the typical Rails application worked with: running on a single server and needing to support only 100 or so concurrent users.