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Description - Enterprise Rails by Dan Chak

What does it take to develop an enterprise application with Rails? "Enterprise Rails" introduces several time-tested software engineering principles to prepare you for the challenge of building a high-performance, scalable website with global reach. You'll learn how to design a solid architecture that ties the many parts of an enterprise website together, including the database, your servers and clients, and other services as well. Many Rails developers think that planning for scale is unnecessary. But there's nothing worse than an application that fails because it can't handle sudden success.Throughout this book, you'll work on an example enterprise project to learn first-hand what's involved in architecting serious web applications. With this book, you will: tour an ideal enterprise systems layout - how Rails fits in, and which elements don't rely on Rails; learn to structure a Rails 2.0 application for complex websites; discover how plugins can support reusable code and improve application clarity; build a solid data model - a fortress - that protects your data from corruption; base an ActiveRecord model on a database view, and build support for multiple table inheritance; explore service-oriented architecture and web services with XML-RPC and REST; and see how caching can be a dependable way to improve performance. Building for scale requires more work up front, but you'll have a flexible website that can be extended easily when your needs change. "Enterprise Rails" teaches you how to architect scalable Rails applications from the ground up.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780596515201
ISBN-10: 0596515200
Format: Paperback
(232mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 325
Imprint: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dan Chak

Dan Chak is currently Director of Software Development at,an online directory of post-secondary education and training programs. CourseAdvisor is growing rapidly, and as of June 2007, receives 1.5 million unique visitors per month. Prior to CourseAdvisor, Dan worked at, where he gained of lot of experience thinking about small problems that become big problems once enormous scale is introduced. Before Amazon, Dan worked for a small start-up company, and coordinated the effort to port the open-source OpenACS web development toolkit from Oracle to PostgreSQL.