November Meetup: EC2 and RVM

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Brian Turnbull

Nov 7, 2009, 8:19:15 PM11/7/09
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NHRuby is meeting for the last time this year on Monday the 16th at
7pm at RMC Research, 1000 Market Street, Building 2, Portsmouth, NH.
Monday?! You say? Yes — due to scheduling conflicts, the
regular meeting day for NHRuby is now to the third Monday of the
month. Also, since next month's meeting fell so close to the
Christmas holiday, we decided to skip the December meetup and resume
in January. So join us for the last meeting of 2009 for two
presentations by NHRuby regulars, Nick Plante and Brian Turnbull.

Nick will present EC2, Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud. EC2 is a web
service which allows customers to rent virtual server instances by the
hour. The real power of EC2 is that it allows you to auto-scale your
web applications on demand. Expecting heavy load today? Fire up
another web app server or two, with no wait time for procurement,
while taking advantage of Amazon's robust infrastructure.

Making EC2 even more attractive are tools like Matt Conway's Rubber, a
set of extensions to Capistrano that allows you to script procurement
and provisioning of server instances as well as deployment of your
application itself. Need to set up a staging server? Use Rubber to
deploy a disk image, install the necessary stack and utilities, and
deploy the appropriate version of your application -- in moments --
all automatically. In this talk, Nick will quickly discuss the basics
you need to know and then dive right into a realtime demo.

Brian will introduce RVM, the Ruby Version Manager. RVM is a command
line tool which allows us to easily install, manage, and work with
multiple Ruby environments and sets of gems. Topics to be covered

- Installation of RVM on Linux or OS X.
- Day to day use of RVM to switch between Ruby interpreters
- Managing sets of gems using Named Gem Sets

If you've ever been burned by differences between development and
production, you should check out RVM — see how easy it is to
take control of your Ruby environment.

So join us on Monday, 16 November at RMC Research for the last meeting
of the year. Hope to see you there!

Brian Turnbull

Nov 7, 2009, 8:23:30 PM11/7/09
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Annnnnd, of course I forgot to link to the blog at the end of the
announcement. :-)

For directions to RMC Research and information about NHRuby,

Brian Turnbull

Nov 15, 2009, 9:14:42 PM11/15/09
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Just a quick reminder that NHRuby is meeting *tomorrow* (not Thursday)
for our November meetup. See you at 7:00pm EST at RMC Research for
the last meeting of 2009!

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