Scaling Rails

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Rails is undeniably the fastest path from idea to implementation for web applications, all the more so due to its increasing accessibility to even the most neophyte programmers. This in turn has increased the number of web apps for which scalability is an afterthought, if it’s addressed at all.

What’s the right approach to scalability? Which fundamentals should always be observed? Which ones seem to be ignored most often, and at what cost? Can (and should) any of these be solved within Rails?

We’ll answer all these and more, and hopefully provide a good set of guidelines for building scalable Ruby-on-Rails applications.

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Blaine Cook


Blaine Cook is London-based sociotechnologist and co-founder of Poetica, a place to write better together. He is a hacker dissatisfied by simply building software. Through numerous collaborations, he has developed protocols and concepts that are forming the basis for many social internet technologies yet to come. His past work as the founding architect of Twitter has seen broad adoption both culturally and technologically.

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Bradley Taylor

Webster Clay

Parallel entrepreneur focused on high scale web and data problems.

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Ezra Zygmuntowicz


Ezra Zygmuntowicz is a founder and Director of Software Engineering for Engine Yard, a scalable Ruby hosting platform. He has been active in the ruby community for over 4 years with contributions to many open source projects such as Rails, Merb, Rack and Rubinius. He is the author of Deploying Rails Application for the pragmatic programmers and is an active speaker at many ruby and Cloud computing based events.

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Jim Meyer


With a career that’s ranged from freelance graphic design to large scale distributed computing systems architecture, Jim Meyer is obviously an advanced case of ADD in search of the next challenging distraction. While he can only blame Ruby and Rails for his sleep deficit dating back to RailsConf ’07, he’s particularly delighted to join a community where agility is valued, iteration is key, and testing is cool.

Jim is the father of two and husband of one, all three of whom make him a better person on a daily basis.

Kevin Lawver


Kevin has been with AOL for a decade, most of that as the lead UI developer on AOL’s flagship search product. He’s also spent time consulting, training and acting as the “web standards guy” for one of the largest development organizations at AOL. Kevin recently returned to full-time development as one of the architects on AIM Pages, where he is heavily involved in standards support, evangelism and rapid development.

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