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using geminstaller with vlad the deployer February 28, 2009

Posted by John Dewey in Configuration, Deployment, Example, Rake, Vlad.
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I really really really like vlad the deployer. I recently switched my apps over to geminstaller vs Rails’ config.gem.

This gist adds in geminstaller functionality to vlad’s update task.

ActionMailer Timeouts February 22, 2009

Posted by John Dewey in Code, Monkey Patch, Rails.
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The following gist contains a monkeypatch allowing configurable timeouts on ActionMailer.  Since ActionMailer is blocking, it is nice to set a reasonable timeout, rather than wrapping each of your ActionMailer calls with a Timeout (alarm).  I actually monkeypatch all of ‘net/smtp’, so just rescue ‘Timeout::Error’ where needed.

chef-solo VPS provisioning February 21, 2009

Posted by John Dewey in Apache, Automation, Chef, Code, Configuration.
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I probably built a naive chef solo configuration. I also know I could have used one of the many “Ready Stack” solutions VPS providers are creating. However, I like my systems setup a particular way.

Take a peek the configuration is pretty cool. The code is on github.

Ideally chef would have built my system from the ground up, installing ruby, libs, etc… Since I do not control this piece, there are a few prerequisites to setting up chef.

Once complete, drop in your virtualhost, and deploy your code. This is not intended as zero-conf. Merely a standard base configuration for all of my hosts.

icanhasrspec – lolspek sneak peek February 17, 2009

Posted by John Dewey in Example, RSpec.

mah frend reid addd lolspeak 2 rspec. i am bloggin dis as wai 2 persuade him 2 post hims gist. 🙂

updat0rz: teh gist addded – kthxbye