Develop with pleasure, Deploy with Fun: GlassFish and NetBeans for a better Rails experience

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Are you an existing Rails or Merb user looking for alternative deployment scenarios ? Are you an existing GlassFish user interested in knowing you can deploy Rails or Merb applications ? This session provides all the details on how GlassFish, and NetBeans provide a fun and robust development, deployment, and management platform for Rails applications – without pain.

As a basis for further discussion, this presentation will walk through the process for running Rails and Merb applications on GlassFish. It also explains the inner workings of GlassFish so that developers understand what’s happening under the hood. It demonstrates how popular Rails and Merb applications can be easily deployed on GlassFish without any modification, and shows how v3 Gem can be used as an effective alternative to WEBrick and Mongrel. The session explains how the pluggable framework in GlassFish works to allow any Rack-based framework to be supported.

To cover the deployment aspects, the session will share performance tuning tips, a scalability guide, and capistrano recipes. It will explain how standard Java monitoring technologies like JMX can be used to monitor/manage a Rails application. It also introduces a GlassFish DSL that can be used in a Rails controller to communicate with the GlassFish monitoring infrastructure and generate telemetry data for continuous monitoring.

The session also demonstrates how NetBeans provides a comprehensive IDE for developing, running, and debugging a Rails application directly on GlassFish – all without using any Java code.

All in all, develop with pleasure and deploy with fun!

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Arun Gupta

Amazon Web Services

Arun Gupta is a GlassFish Evangelist focusing on Web Tier at Sun. He was the spec lead for APIs in the Java platform, committer in multiple Open Source projects, participated in standard bodies and contributed to Java EE and SE releases. He is a prolific blogger with numerous useful tips at

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