Category Archives: Web development

Rails cluster with Ruby load balancer using Docker

Lately I discovered Docker. I made a quick presentation on it for the rivierarb meetup of february 2014 (slides available). As an example of Docker’s usage, I decided to make something cool: a Rails cluster, with a Ruby load balancer … Continue reading

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Install Ruby 1.9.3 on a shared hosting non root

I’ve got through a bit of a hurdle to get Ruby 1.9.3 installed on my shared host. My host is PlanetHoster, but this walkthrough should work with any host giving you a decent development suite (gcc, ld, make…), like 1and1, … Continue reading

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Monitor your systems using Monit on shared hosts non-root – Example with Rails3/Capistrano

Do you know Monit? You definitely should. This is a high-quality and mature Open Source project, very well documented, that can monitor all your system resources (global and process-based). It is lightweight, efficient, can take corrective actions (restart servers…), provides … Continue reading

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Deploy Rails 3 Unicorn applications using Capistrano on a shared web host non-root

In my struggle to have complete Rails3 environments setup in shared web hosts, the deployment step was missing. Lately I managed to deploy Rails3 Unicorn applications using Capistrano on a shared web host, as a non-root user with very limited … Continue reading

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Installing Rails 3 nginx unicorn on a shared web host non-root

Lately I tried to install a complete Rails 3 nginx unicorn web stack on a shared host without root privileges, in my user home directory. Ruby and Rails3 setup nginx setup Unicorn setup Unicorn setup with nginx In this process, … Continue reading

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Migrating big applications from Rails 2 to Rails 3

Today will have a rather long and technical post, focused on all the steps needed for migrating big applications from Rails 2 to Rails 3. First question: why bother? Rails 2 is great, but Rails 3 is awesome. Apart from … Continue reading

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Understanding Spam … figures, business model, techniques, protection

Lately I got really bothered by Spam in my various forums, blogs and emails. It regularly costs me hours of anti-Spam protection setup, filtering false positives, reconfiguring my Captchas, and cleaning my databases. So I decided to better understand this … Continue reading

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My daily software stack

Hi This is a recurring question: “What soft are you using for your day-to-day activities ?” First, “day-to-day activities” for me mean lots of different things as a freelancer, developer and CEO. So I will try to cope with each … Continue reading

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Howto add email notifications to your Redmine install on Heroku

After my last post (Howto install Redmine on Heroku), I wanted to enable email notifications on my Redmine install on Heroku. Here is the quick howto. Please note that Heroku does not have its own SMTP server (at least for … Continue reading

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Howto install Redmine on Heroku

A little howto to get Redmine running on Heroku: Install Redmine locally. Follow instructions given on the Redmine Install page. I used development mode only in this step. Setup git in the repository with git init Edit the .gitignore file, … Continue reading

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