In continuing with my port from Java to Rails I wanted to ask what
people are using for automated tasks. In our current app we have a
standalone server that pulls RSS feeds everyday and converts them to
the appropriate content types on our system and then another task
fires which goes thru these content types and generates an automated
email message notifying users of any matches for the day.
Currently we’re using Spring and Hibernate with Spring’s Quartz timer
functionality. I could easily move the firing of the processes
themselves to the appropriate cron jobs (which I’ll prob do), but I’d
still like to use AR and whatever else of Rails is necessary to read/
write from the db. Does anyone have a preferred way of doing this so
that I can call a Ruby file and have it use all my existing code and
support from Rails?