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MySQL Bulk Insert Performance With JRuby and JDBC

I often have need to perform a bulk import of CSV files into MySQL for different projects. Recently, I made the move to the JRuby platform for one of my projects and have benefited from some great performance improvements for the types of work the code needs to perform. I decided that it was time […]

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Technical Co-Founder Need Not Apply

Will Miceli recently posted an article, titled Technical Co-Founders Are Overrated, that outlines his journey from idea to finding a partner: I was working on my first entrepreneurial adventure: I had an idea and thought I needed a technical person to build it…I met some technical folks, but none were available. As a result, I […]

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Why I Selected JRuby For My Ruby Project

For those working on the Ruby platform, this is an interesting time. We have Ruby 1.9 YARV, Rubinius, and JRuby as the most popular Ruby Virtual Machines available right now. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, which have been documented already. While each benchmark comparison may show a particular VM better than another, there is another assessment that needs to be made when selecting the target VM for your next Ruby project: best fit for what your project needs to do.

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Developer’s Guide to Building a High Performance Desktop Machine

Laptops can be useful for day-to-day development, but a more powerful machine is required when it comes to working with Very Large Databases (VLDBs) and Big Data. Having some background in building PCs, I recently put together a powerful desktop for my own needs that could handle my current project and any future projects involving large scale databases. I learned quite a bit about the current generation of hardware available, mostly by sifting through forums and blog posts from gamers that build high performance gaming machines.

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FREE Cloud Computing For Startups eBook

We have released a new eBook through our sister website, LaunchAny.com, called Cloud Computing For Startups. The eBook is FREE and offers a simple and concise introduction to cloud computing and how startups can benefit. The topics covered include: What is cloud computing? How your startup can take advantage of cloud computing to gain a […]

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Interview with Heroku’s Adam Wiggins

InfoQ has a 16 min video interview with Adam Wiggins from Heroku. In the interview, Adam discusses Ruby 1.9, the Heroku dyno solution, new add-on support, and how they support background jobs.  He also talks a little about using Erlang to supplement their Ruby infrastructure. I really enjoyed the discussion on how they pre-compile, build/bundle […]

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Cloud Storage Used For Backup More Than General Purpose Storage

A new survey by Forrester says that just 3% of companies use cloud storage. Read the stats from the more than 1,200 IT decision makers interviewed and our analysis.

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Scalable Background Job Processing With Ruby on Rails and Skynet

On a recent project, I needed to be able to run a large number of background jobs. Each job would likely last between 30 seconds and 5 minutes, depending on the amount of work involved. We needed something that could do this heavy lifting, so we spent some time surveying the Ruby/Rails job processing landscape. […]

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Geofencing with Ruby on Rails and MySQL

I recently launched a startup that required geofencing. For those not familiar with the term, geofencing is the finding of known locations within a specific area around a central point. An example of what geofencing looks like can be seen to right: Here is what we needed to deliver for our project: Track a list […]

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Slicehost Releases Running Slice Cloning and Increases Bandwidth

I’ve been using Slicehost for 2 years now, and as an anniversary present they have released 2 new features: Slice cloning from running slices – You can now create a new slice from the image of a running slice. Previously backups were the only way to clone a slice Bandwidth has been increased as well […]

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