Forum: Ruby old rumours???

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Tom A. (Guest)
on 2006-06-04 05:19
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Please help me confirm/deny some rumours I read on websites recently.
I'm assuming that things are moving fast enough on Ruby that any opinion
article
or tutorial you read has a limited shelf life.

rumour one:  fastcgi is better than mod_ruby for most/all websites?
Largely because of the overhead of mod_ruby.

rumour two:  rails or mod_ruby will not run under security levels (taint
et al)



And now one for me:
Is there any reason why I couldn't run an apache server with fastcgi
hooks for
both Perl and Ruby?
Kirk H. (Guest)
on 2006-06-04 06:30
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On Saturday 03 June 2006 7:16 pm, Tom A. wrote:

> rumour one:  fastcgi is better than mod_ruby for most/all websites?
> Largely because of the overhead of mod_ruby.

Maybe.  Maybe not.  The real answer will depend on one's scenario.

Is one using Rails?  Then fastcgi is probably the better choice.

Is one using something else?  Maybe fastcgi is the right choice, but
maybe
mod_ruby is fine.  Are you running many different sites and applications
off
of the same server?  I would lean more towards fastcgi or maybe a
mod_ruby
handler that dispatches requests to one or more multithreaded backend
application processes.

Are you running a homogenous environment for an app that you intend to
scale
to many servers?  Run a thin front end that just proxies your requests
out to
a mod_ruby application instance on a server, and mod_ruby scales just
fine,
and just might be simpler to setup in that configuration than a fastcgi
solution.

> rumour two:  rails or mod_ruby will not run under security levels (taint et
> al)

I have no idea about Rails.  SAFE levels and handling of taintedness is
something you do in your code, though, so I know of no issues with that
and
mod_ruby.

> Is there any reason why I couldn't run an apache server with fastcgi hooks
> for both Perl and Ruby?

No reason at all.  Fastcgi is fastcgi as far as the webserver is
concerned.
It doesn't care what language the program at the end of that fastcgi
pipe is.


Kirk H.
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