Cyrus Stoller
cyrusstoller
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  • New Relic

    cyrusstoller RevTilt


    To find bottlenecks and to help with debugging and monitoring

  • Capistrano

    cyrusstoller RevTilt


    For deploying to a VPS like DigitalOcean. This pairs nicely with https://github.com/cyrusstoller/gardenbed.

  • Heroku

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    If you want to run this for free on a single dyno, you can use heroku

  • DigitalOcean

    cyrusstoller RevTilt


    Because I like having more control of my deployment, I am currently hosting this on DigitalOcean. I don't need to worry about arbitrary row limits and I can be sure that the app is always running.

  • Google Analytics

    cyrusstoller RevTilt


    To keep track of who is visiting the site.

  • Bitdeli

    cyrusstoller RevTilt


    To keep track of who is visiting the repo, but Github recently started offering something similar with https://github.com/cyrusstoller/RevTilt/graphs/traffic.

  • Travis CI

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    To make sure that I don't push bugs to production.

  • Mandrill

    cyrusstoller RevTilt


    For sending emails. I use this primarily for password resets in this application.

  • GitHub

    cyrusstoller RevTilt


    To keep code and manage collaboration.

  • PostgreSQL

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    I'm using PostgreSQL as the backend for my web applications. I like that I get the benefits of a SQL database while also being able to use features like HSTORE.

  • Vagrant

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    Vagrant allows me to ensure that anyone I'm collaborating with will be able to test my web application in the same environment. I also use Vagrant to setup VMs that I can use to refine my Capistrano recipes.

  • Rails

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    Gardenbed installs all of the tools that are necessary to deploy a Ruby on Rails application to a VPS.

  • nginx

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    I don't have a strong preference between using Apache and nginx, but I find that the config files for nginx to be much more manageable.

  • Puppet Labs

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    I'm using puppet to configure my servers. This makes it really simple to ensure that I have the same environment. There is a bit of a learning curve, but the repeatability definitely makes it worth the effort. I found puppet to be a little easier to pick up relative to chef, but I've used both. They're both great solutions.

    I really like that there are a lot of modules available on the puppet forge that are being actively maintained.

  • VirtualBox

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    For running a VM locally with Vagrant. It can be a little irritable, but it's open source and free, so I'm not complaining. I would probably use VMWare, but I don't want to pay for it right now.

  • Node.js

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    Node is installed for asset compilation during deployment.

  • Redis

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    I'm using Redis to support Sidekiq to support background processing.

  • Docker

    cyrusstoller gardenbed


    I have a manifest to setup a Docker container before I have a Dockerfile. I'm still trying to figure out my preferred method of deployment, so in the meantime I figured I should try different methods to make an informed judgment.