I recently added full text search capabilities to one of my projects and I decided to use Apache Solr and the Sunspot gem for Rails. Sunspot is awesome and ridiculously easy to integrate with Rails in a development setting, and it comes with a built-in Solr binary that is very useful for development and testing. […]
I have been working with streaming data sources on my current project and I needed to implement a way to stream the contents of Apache Kafka topics over HTTP with 1:N connection fanout. As a quick test, I implemented an ActionController::Live streaming controller in Rails 4, and I ran into some trouble with my Nginx […]
I built another experimental search engine to play with some new ways to collect local and real-time information. The site is called screamradius. It has been doing well so far, and my experiments and enhancements continue. More new features to come. Stay tuned!
About 18 months ago, I created an experimental search engine to play with some new ways to extract and distill information from the web and present it in a more topic-focused way. The site is called doryoku (which is Japanese — 努力 — meaning supreme effort). It has been doing well, and my experiments and […]
Adobe LiveCycle Express is a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) product offering from Adobe that takes a cloud computing approach to delivering Adobe’s LiveCycle ES enterprise software suite using Ruby on Rails, Adobe Flex, and Amazon’s EC2 and S3 services. LiveCycle Express grew from a research project I conceived while working in Adobe’s Advanced Tchnology Labs division. […]
Recently, I needed to configure a RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 box with lighttpd, FastCGI, Ruby on Rails, and MySQL. The box was subscribed to RHN, so I assumed a few simple commands like “sudo yum install lighttpd”, etc., would do the trick. Imagine my surprise to find that lighttpd, Ruby, gem, and FastCGI were all […]
Recently, I was working with a Ruby on Rails application and I had the need to call a Rails controller method, with some parameters, from a remote Flex client. I would have thought that this would be a simple HTTP GET or POST to the Rails controller/method URL, using a Flex HTTPService object, with a […]