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DropboxDropbox

Although there are more options out there now, some with better pricing, it was the first and most widely-available tool for sharing content. Our app is asset-heavy (images, videos, icons, etc.) and it makes it dead-easy to move stuff around. Still love it even if it's showing its age. Dropbox

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CoffeeScriptCoffeeScript

We like CoffeeScript because it's more readable, we use it because we have a lot of libraries and functions already (plays nicely with Rails, too) CoffeeScript

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HerokuHeroku

As much as I love AWS EC, I prefer Heroku for apps like this. Heroku has grown up around Rails and Ruby, massive set of add-ons that are usually one-click setup, and I once had to perform an emergency app scale-up a that I completed in seconds from my mobile phone whilst riding the Bangkok subway. Doesn't get much easier than that. Heroku

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SidekiqSidekiq

We offload our background processing tasks (photo sizing, watermarking, etc.) to Sidekiq to keep our app's performance optimal. Sidekiq

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PostgreSQLPostgreSQL

Tried MongoDB - early euphoria - later dread. Tried MySQL - not bad at all. Found PostgreSQL - will never go back. So much support for this it should be your first choice. Simple local (free) installation, and one-click setup in Heroku - lots of options in terms of pricing/performance combinations. PostgreSQL

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New RelicNew Relic

Just like we care about errors, we care about metrics - especially around performance. You'd be crazy not to use it - and not surprisingly, it's a one-click add-on in Heroku. New Relic

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SentrySentry

If you care at all about application errors, you should be using this. Hands down. Sentry

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Amazon S3Amazon S3

Easy and efficient storage, plus a big set of Ruby Gems that help take any complexity of content management in the cloud. Then turn on CloudFront with your S3 buckets, and boom! Instant CDN. Amazon S3

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CircleCICircleCI

We prefer CircleCI because we care about testing our apps. We found it is better to invest the time writing rSPEC tests to ensure we don't insert any regression bugs with new branches. It's also nice to have a fully-automated deployment process from GitHub to Heroku. CircleCI

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Amazon CloudFrontAmazon CloudFront

In my opinion, the best Content Delivery Network for the money. This, along with other services from AWS's ecosystem make this the easy choice for CDN. Fast, simple and cheap. Amazon CloudFront

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