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Bluepill Init Script for Monitoring Delayed Job on Linux openSUSE

I recently moved a long running request in my application to delayed job (the collectiveidea fork) and it went really well. However, after some time the delayed job process died and my users couldn’t use an essential part of the application. I knew it was time for a process monitor. I probably should have put one in to begin with, but I was new to delayed job (really to background processing in general) and the though hadn’t crossed my mind.

Deploying to Multiple Server Environments With Cap

Most anytime I develop a web application I need to deploy to multiple server environments. For me this used to mean maintaining two separate deploy.rb scripts, and I would rename one while deploying to staging, and then rename the other when I needed to deploy to production. After about three deploys I said, the hell with this! And I figured out how to allow the specification of your deployment at the command line during the cap deploy task.

Logging Cron Jobs on Ubuntu

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Enable the cron.log for Ubuntu

By default, Ubuntu disables the cron log, so you need to turn it on, and additionally create the log file before you can start tailing that log.

Madison Web Meetup: Advanced CSS

Recently Inacom had the privilege of hosting the Madison Web Design & Development Meetup. The topic for this meeting was Advanced CSS. I put together a sideshow to try to keep the presentation more guided, but because of the depth of the topic we wound up going quite a bit over our loose 1 hour time slot. I just wanted to thank everyone for sticking around and seeming quite interested! I had a great time presenting and I hope that you all enjoyed our discussions. If you’re looking for the demo files and the presentation check them out in the full article.

Rails in the Entreprise

The first website that I built for Inacom using ruby on rails in 2006 was deployed to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS server and I hand rolled my own install for everything (it was painful). We had MySQL on the same 256 MB VM as the rails code was running from, and we setup a proxy with Apache and Mongrel. Deploying from Capistrano 1.4 made things a bit easier once everything was setup, but the initial build was not an easy task. It was also my first time doing what some would consider fairly heavy Linux command line system administration, so that didn’t speed up the process either.