Mark Watson

7 articles

Rails 3: First Impressions from a Veteran Ruby on Rails Guy

This article is based on my recent experiences getting up to speed on Rails 3, starting about four weeks before the final release. While...

Google App Engine vs. Amazon Web Services: The Developer Challenges

Sure, cloud computing platforms free developers from scalability and deployment issues, allowing them to spend more time actually writing web applications and services. But...

Amazon Web Services: A Developer Primer

I am an enthusiastic user of cloud computing platforms. As a developer, I'd much rather spend my time actually writing web applications and services...

Google App Engine: What Is It Good For?

As a developer, I'm enthusiastic about cloud computing platforms because they let me spend more time writing web applications and services and less time...

A Rails Cloud Implementation Using CouchDB and Heroku

CouchDB is an interesting implementation of a schema-less data store. It supports client applications through HTTP and a REST-style API. I don't use CouchDB's...

A Rails Cloud Implementation Using MongoDB and Heroku

When you have mastered how to use the Heroku platform to deploy and manage Rails web applications, you can choose which database or data...

Take Rails to the Cloud: Deploying a Rails Application to Heroku

Heroku, a commercial cloud computing platform for deploying Rails and other Rack-based web applications, uses PostgreSQL database services and provides migration tools to quickly...

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