Dependency Management Guidelines for Rails Teams

I recently encountered a discussion in a developer chatroom about how to find good ruby gems to use for projects, and how to choose between them.

The (currently-defunct, hopefully only temporarily) website was mentioned, as well as, and some conversation ensued about how to properly choose between similar dependencies for a given software requirement and why it's important.

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Running Rails in AWS Elastic Beanstalk [Tutorial]

This tutorial shows you how to deploy a Rails app on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. This is part of a series on Running Rails in AWS.

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[Press Release] Engine Yard Guide Compares Hiring DevOps and Outsourcing

Ruby on Rails DevOps Experts' New E-Book Explores Pros and Cons of Bringing on Extra Help or Turning to a Trusted Vendor to Build Infrastructure

Austin, TX—September 21, 2017—Engine Yard, the leading provider of support services for Ruby on Rails applications, today announced it is publishing a guide to help companies decide if they should hire more developers or tap a vendor to further their Ruby on Rails infrastructure goals. The e-book, Should I Hire DevOps or Outsource to a Provider?, is available for free download at

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Running Rails on AWS: Know Your Options

In this post, I'll outline four basic options for running Rails on AWS and provide the details to help you decide which is best for your situation.

This is an overview of running Rails on EC2, Elastic Beanstalk, EC2 Container Service, and Engine Yard. More technical posts with code samples are coming next.

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7 Completely Legal Rails Performance-Enhancing Techniques

Is your app bogging down under the weight of increased traffic? Read this post to find out how to boost Rails performance and turn your app into Usain Bolt.

You may have to follow a few of the items listed here or all of them. Before you make any changes, make sure you identify the problem correctly and measure your application's response time. An improvement in the response time tells you that your changes are correct.

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New AWS Feature: Expanding VPCs

Amazon announced on August 29, 2017 that customers can now expand existing VPCs.

New AWS Feature

AWS customers can add up to 4 secondary CIDR blocks to an existing VPC. AWS cites two benefits of this new feature. First, customers can launch more resources (eg EC2 instances) in their VPCs on-demand. Second, customers don't have to over-allocate private IPv4 space when creating VPCs since you can add more in the future.

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Improving Rails App Performance with Database Refactoring & Caching

Performance is a huge priority for any developer. However, people often don’t worry about performance until it starts to dip and there’s an immediate cause for concern. Performance needs to be something we focus on up front—not just when the walls come tumbling down. It needs to be part of the process, not something that’s reviewed occasionally.

In this post, we’ll consider a few things you can do to improve performance, starting with the database.

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Windy City Rails: Get Cubs, Bears, or Bulls Tickets

Get a $50 discount on event tickets and 2 Cubs, Bears, or Bulls game tickets

We're a proud sponsor of the 2017 Windy City Rails 2-day conference in Chicago next week.  That means you get goodies.

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Using Services to Keep Your Rails Controllers Clean and DRY

We’ve heard it again and again, like a nagging schoolmaster: Keep your Rails controllers skinny. Yeah, yeah, we understand. But that’s often easier said than done—because things get complex. And we need to talk to other parts of our codebase or to external APIs to get the job done.

Mailers. Stripe. External APIs. All that code starts to add up.

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Customer Stories: Resolving a Deploy Issue Due to Load Error

The following post is about a Support ticket recently filed by a customer. And how Engine Yard Support saved the day!

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