Thos Styles on 27 Jul 2006 03:21:15 -0000

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Re: [PhillyOnRails] Rails Diatribe

I am a newbie regarding RoR, but I think that fastCGI is really a "court of the last resort" dispatching
mechanism- flexible enough, but not really intended for anything too Earth-shaking, as web apps go. On the other hand, I haven't seen anything like a mod-ror.dll to link with Apache that would do a better job of it (haven't looked too hard). If such a beast existed, then requests could be parsed
by URL, and filtered on the basis of some constant URI path element string or file extension, eg:
                                                  =====       ==
                                                       ^           ^
                                                        |           |
                                                 filter one of these

This might necessitate putting up your own Apache image, as ISP's may take a dim view of trying
to relink theirs, but maybe not. Somebody's got to playing around with developing a module along
these lines, that doesn't involve a trail of blood and feathers. I'd probably go with the path element
approach, rather than the more general file extension detector.

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From: Flinn Mueller <>
Subject: Re: [PhillyOnRails] Rails Diatribe
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 18:08:35 -0400

I think a lot of people hold fastCGI against Rails. What is the better solution? I have been using mongrel for about a week. For development it is noticably more speedy than ./script/server. I am interested in using mongrel for deployment on a big app with a dedicated server, but what choice do I have if I deploy to just about anything other than a dedicated server? It's especially bothersome for menial applications like typo (I mean that in the most affectionate way). FastCGI is even worse on shared hosting setups, even the ones that support it (mine at least).

Of course none of this is RoR's fault, but fCGI does hurt its street cred a bit.


On Jul 26, 2006, at 11:39 AM, Aaron Blohowiak wrote:

He holds the flakinees of fastCGI against rails, which is a stupid thing to do. He also thinks that the people most benifiting from rails are the publishers. and here i thought it was the teams of small people doing big things...

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