I just read a Blog that TWITTER is considering a change to shift to
other Platform rather than rails and this blog has created a really big
issue amongst Rails Developers.
Well… if Our Rails Community is that serious about a Single Twitter
like Website, have they even thought of Thousands of Other Rails
Developers, who are moving elsewhere due to Hosting and Tough Deployment
I thought i should express my clear Views in this thread. Its time to
Forget a single website like Twitter, and rather think of Million other
websites, which are getting diverted silently or waiting to see a life
outside Local Machines.
I am very very Unhappy as well as Frustrated with the deployment
scenario in Rails Projects.
Lots of issues regarding deployment have been said and discussed in the
past and finally it stops after few days, without any action taken.
Mod_Rails really created a hype. But when it comes to Real Life, hardly
few of hosting companies have adopted it. May i ask why…? May be its
not as good as it should be.If its FREE and Good, It should Pick up.
THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS REALLY KILLS RUBY AND RAILS DEVELOPERS/STUDENTS
(1)Why we have no other options, but to go just with VPS ( SliceHost
etc… ), even with small projects in hand. …?
(2)What the students will do with such facilities available, which are
not useful in the first stage itself…? How will they show and Run
(3)How will fresh students or developers with small projects succeed, if
they are not offered a shared Hosting environment just to show the world
their projects…? How will they show it to their Clients as well…?
(4)Do you really think…All sites are big enough and shall require
will all sites get millions of clicks from Day One…?
(5) When hundreds of PHP hosting companies are offering FREE SHARED
HOSTING… why is it then NONE of the Rails Hosting companies are
(5) If Mode_Rails is a successful product, then why there are no such
Free Shared Hosting schemes floating around. Since Mod_Rails is free,
shared hosting should be more common… Right. Rails Hosters have a
Golden chance to attract more clients with this
(6) Merb is round the corner. What the developers will do now… Wait
for someone to develop Mod_Merb to host their projects and end up with
same situation like Mod_Rails.
I happy to see that Rails/Merb etc are growing very fast… But I am
very SAD to see that they are growing only on Local machines. The More
sad part is whenever a question of deployment is raised, few
enthusiastic die hard Rails developers finds few excuses and converts
the Original Deployment problem in other direction.
I firmly believe, it not the time for excuses, its time to think in the
right direction, so that at least we all can get a start by putting Big
or small projects in Shared Hosting environment.
Its a good sign that big fundings are coming to EngineYard for Projects
like Rubinius, which is consider to be the only option for deployment in
future, BUT… it does not mean, no other should think of developing
Mod_Ruby like mod_php which can save us as well as our generations when
it comes to Ruby deployment.
I hope many frustrated developers like me and many students will join me
here to put their words that reaches the mass Ruby Community.