Unigroup's July 2008 Meeting Announcement

Server Performance: Deploying and Scaling (Ruby on) Rails

Brian Gupta,
Brandorr Group

Thursday, 24-JUL-2008      (** Special 4th Thursday **)

Suite 404
568 Broadway     (at Prince Street, North East Corner)
SoHo Manhattan, New York City
** Please RSVP (but its not required) **

6:15 - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 - 6:35 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation


**Note we are trying out a NEW larger meeting location in SoHo.

Our FreeBSD Networking Stack meeting had to be postponed due to speaker unavailability, but it will be rescheduled when our speaker George Neville-Neil of the The FreeBSD Project Core Team is available again.

We are also planning a Launch Meeting for recent releases of Solaris and OpenSolaris (Project Indiana).

Novell is also interested in hosting a meeting on SuSE Linux (possibly on the Real-Time Linux Kernel, which was being demonstrated at the SIFMA 2008 show).


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	Suite 404
	568 Broadway (at Prince Street, North East Corner)
	SoHo Manhattan
	New York City

Located on Broadway, just North of the North East corner of Prince Street, and South of Houston Street.

Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.

We believe free street parking becomes available at 6pm.

Nearest mass transit stations are: 'R/N' (Prince Street), 'B/D/F/V' Broadway-Lafayette, and '6' (Spring Street).

This facility has free Wi-Fi and a VGA Projector/Screen.


Topic: Server Performance: Deploying and Scaling (Ruby on) Rails

Ruby on Rails has a reputation, as being difficult or impossible to scale. In this session we will review some of the techniques used to scale a Rails site. We will review techniques such as load balancing, database optimization, and caching. In addition we will cover some tools and techniques that you will start to need as your site grows. These tools range from monitoring and management, to load testing tools.

Detailed Presentation Outline:

Web Resources

   Brian's July 2008 Unigroup Presentation Slides @ Google Docs

   Ruby on Rails

   The Rails FAQ:

   The Rails Forum:

   Working With Rails:

   Ruby Inside, Rails Tricks:

   Rails Conference: Proceedings

   Hot Topic: Developing iPhone applications using Ruby on Rails and Eclipse


   Wikipedia on Ruby


Brian Gupta: Life long computer nerd. 15+ years UNIX and network administration. Open source advocate. Currently leading up Brandorr Consulting Group. Member of the following advocacy groups: New York OpenSolaris UG, UNIGROUP, NYLUG, NYCBUG, LIspNYC, and NYCRuby.


Brandorr Group - Small and growing consulting team focused on supporting Rails startups, particularly in the cloud computing space. (Operations and developer support for Rails deployed on FreeBSD, Linux and Solaris.)


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. Addison-Wesley also has a new end-user discount, available through their User Group program. We will be announcing the details at our next meeting!

O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway (ie. many of these books are valued between $30 and $60)!

** Thanks to our friends at Sun Microsystems, Unigroup also has Solaris 10 DVDs to raffle off.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.


         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
         Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Student Yearly Membership (with ID):            $ 25.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.


Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

** Note: We will be using our normal caterer for this meeting.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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